Isaiah 1:18 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. This morning I woke up to six inches of snow on everything. It canceled my plans for the day and evening. I resisted the urge to be disgusted with yet another frigid day here in Texas. Instead, I tried to look at the beauty of it all.
God made this weather and it does serve a purpose. Snow works like a blanket to keep the ground warmer than the cold air above. Snow also gives everything a good long drink as it slowly melts away. Besides these agricultural reasons, snow also teaches some spiritual lessons.
When God said “though your sins be a scarlet, they shall be as white as snow,” He was making a strong contrast. It you have ever seen blood on the snow, you have never seen something so red in all your life. Salvation is by believing on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believing “on” means that your trust is put in that very thing. If you are depending upon Christ and His Sacrifice, then you are truly Saved. If you are doing any less than that, you don’t have Salvation. Believing “in” something is different than believing “on” something. Many people believe in airplanes, but would never ride on one. Likewise, many people believe in the historical Jesus, but they have never put their faith in Him, thereby believing on Him to be their Saviour. I hope that you have believed on Christ, but if not, you can do it this very moment. In the old gospel hymn, “Jesus Paid It All,” the above verse is sung about.
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow
No matter how dirty and junky a yard, when the snow falls, it all looks beautiful. It makes even the worst neighborhood into a winter wonderland. No matter how sinful and vile the life of a man, woman, boy or girl, when the Blood of Jesus is applied, it is made beautiful. What was once a life of hopelessness and despair becomes a wonderland of hope. The crimson stain of sin is gone and only the blanket of God’s forgiveness covers the Believer. Thank God for the Salvation He provided through the Blood of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and thank God for the snow, which serves as a reminder.