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Though Your Sins be as Scarlet, They Shall be as White as Snow

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM

This morning, as I look out the window at the snow I am reminded of Isaiah 1:18 which says: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (KJV). As I pondered that verse I was reminded of God's great love for me, the way He covered my sin, the way He paid such a great price, a price that I could never have paid. Yet, as I look at the snow and watch as the sun glistens off of it and I see the scars in the snow left by tires and human foot prints, I am reminded that the snow (no matter how beautiful it may be) simply will not last. In a very short time the snow will melt and once again all the things that it had covered will again be uncovered and exposed for all the world to see.

 

Thankfully this is not the way God's grace works. When God covers a sin it stays covered. When God forgives a debt, it stays forgiven. Now I realize that sometimes Christians may have their failures exposed to the world and will find themselves being ridiculed by all of society, but the simple fact is that the very people who are doing the ridiculing have the same kinds of failures in their own lives, they simply have not been exposed. Do you remember the story in the Bible about the Woman who was caught in the act of adultery? Do you remember how her accusers brought her to Jesus? Do you remember how Jesus simply told them that the one who was without sin should be the first one to cast a stone? The Bible tells us that they all left their stones behind and in humiliation returned back home. Why? Because they too were sinners. The Scriptures tell us that we have all fallen short of God's perfection, we are all sinners in God's sight. The Good news is, that for those of us who accept the finished work of Christ, our sins are permanently removed from God's sight. They are not only covered, but they are paid for. The debt of our sin is PAID IN FULL! Then the truly amazing thing happens, we are wrapped in the very righteousness of Christ. From that day forward when God looks at us, He sees Jesus, His sinless Son. Yes, our sins truly are made white as snow!

 

Today, as many of us are snowed in and are not able to attend church with our brothers and sisters, let us look at the snow and be reminded of God's Great love for us!

Pastor Tim

Categories: Pastor's Pen, Salvation