Some time back I had the opportunity to be in the mountains while it was snowing. It was gorgeous to see a fresh blanket of snow covering all the buildings and trees. Everything looked new and clean.
At one point, I was outside and the snow looked so pure and appealing, and though I haven’t done it since I was a kid, I couldn’t help myself from scooping up a handful and eating it.
Now, I’m a tad bit of a germophobe, so if the snow had been dirty, like the snow on the side of the road after the snowplows have mixed it with dirt and gravel, I wouldn’t even have picked it up with my hands much less eaten it. But pure, untainted snow — I couldn’t help myself! It was like the most flawless snow cone I’d ever eaten! It was perfectly white, soft and powdery, and it tasted refreshing and pure.
It reminded me of Isaiah 1:18 which states, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Another scripture that compares God’s cleansing of our sins to the whiteness of snow is Psalm 51:7 which says, “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
There is nothing more thoroughly white than freshly fallen snow.
In our natural state, we are nothing like snow. Well, maybe we are like the dirty snow that has been plowed to the side of the road and has mixed with dirt, oil, and gravel. You see, in our sin, we are gross and disgusting, but when Jesus comes into our lives He cleanses us and makes our lives look like pure, untainted snow! It is the mighty work of His love and grace upon the cross that allows us to be cleansed in this way. First John 1:7 says the “blood of Jesus Christ…cleanses us from all sin.” Revelation 1:5 tells us that He “loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.”
Isn’t it amazing that it was the crimson red of Jesus’ blood that washes us and miraculously makes us white as snow? When we are washed by His blood, all our sinful ugliness is replaced by His beauty. All our wretchedness is removed and He sees us clothed in the very purity of His own blood that He washed us in.
That’s why David proclaimed in Psalm 51:2, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Only the grace of God can do that kind of deep cleaning in our lives. Do you need cleansing? For the ultimate cleansing, turn to Jesus for “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”
Just like every time we see a rainbow we should remember God’s promise to Noah, I hope every time we see a brand new snowfall in our hometown or nearby mountains this winter, we are reminded of the redemptive power of the cross.