“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. [Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)] 

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! [John 1:29 (NLT)]

Steamboat Ski AreaIt’s springtime in the mountains and I’m thrilled to see that it’s snowing. Although I was hoping for at least one more powder day on the mountain, that’s not why I’m pleased. I’m happy because, once again, everything looks pristine and clean. You see, March’s warmer temperatures and sunshine have been busy melting the nearly 300 inches of snow we’ve had this season. As that white stuff gradually disappears, ugliness is uncovered. Hidden under those mounds of snow is four months’ worth of unsightly litter, pollution, exhaust and smoke residue, scoria and gravel. That filthy accumulation is now making its appearance along the roadways. As the snow recedes along the footpaths, it’s not just lost mittens, discarded tissues and cigarette butts that emerge but also the dog dirt and moose and elk pellets from the animals who have ventured onto the trails. As beautiful as springtime in the mountains can be, this ugliness is part of what we call “mud season.” Today’s snow covers it all up again and I can briefly forget the filth hiding beneath it. It’s sort of like sweeping dirt under the carpet or painting over handprints on the wall; although the grime is still there, it doesn’t bother us because it can’t be seen.

As I look out at the snow falling, I think of God’s words in Isaiah that our sins will be “white as snow.” Although the snow falling outside merely conceals the dirt, God’s grace washes that filth away. With God’s forgiveness, when the snow melts, no grime will remain. Instead of hiding the dirt under the carpet, God vacuums it away and rather than concealing the handprints, He scrubs them until they disappear. Indeed, our sins will be white as new snow!

Thank you, dear Jesus, for the cleansing power of your blood; thank you for taking away the sins of the world.

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Lay aside your garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb.
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean.
O, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!
[Are You Washed in the Blood?” by Alan Jackson]

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. [Psalm 51:7 (NLT)]

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