“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
Isaiah 1:18, NIV
“White as snow, White as snow
All my sins were as scarlet
Lord I know, Lord I know
That I’m free and forgiven
Through the power of your blood
Through the wonder of your love
Through faith in you I know that I can be
White as snow.”
We sing this beautiful chorus based on Isaiah’s prophecy in worship at our church.
While learning this verse as a young man I never really understood it until in recent years when our family went on a Colorado vacation. Having grown up in Florida, snow was a concept until then. If you have ever been to a ski resort you know that by the end of the day there are thousands of footprints throughout the snow-filled area. They resemble the dotted path you sometimes see in a cartoon – tracks going in every direction! Actually it is quite ugly as dirt and slush converge to make for sloppy, soupy, snowy paths.
But then comes that “freshly fallen silent shroud of snow” that Simon and Garfunkel sang of.
It happens the next morning. Replacing the tracks, thousands of tracks, tracks going in multitudes of directions, is a blanket of new, beautiful, virgin-like snow. I remember that first morning when, for the first time, I realized this is what Isaiah meant. In Christ my sins are forgiven and it is truly as though my tracks are covered by His cleansing blood. Something in me wants to be convinced that it cannot be that good, but the Gospel shouts that it is – how incredible.
QUESTION: Why are we unwilling to accept the reality of God’s forgiving Grace? Read Psalm 103 and write down what you learn of God and His nature as it pertains to this.