“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Being snowed in this past week gave me a lot of time to think.
And, since all I could see out my window was a landscape covered in a blanket of sparkling white, I mostly thought about…well…snow.
I thought about how the color white represents purity and what Jesus had to say about being pure in heart.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
Obviously, we all want to see God but, sooner or later, we all arrive at the same conclusion.
He is holy. We are not.
It sounds like a fairytale. We ask ourselves, “How is it possible for the impure to become pure? Can I really have a snow white heart?”
This is when we begin to understand our need for a Savior and why we marvel at the mercy of God and rejoice in the hope of the gospel. Because we realize that He offered an answer to the question – at the cross.
Our acceptance of His sacrifice, provides the cleansing we need. He sees us, our scarlet sin covered in a blanket of sparkling white. And we see Him. The One who gives us hope.
Hope, that unlike the melting snow outside my window, will never fade away.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
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