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Our Sins Are Blotted Out

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” 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.

We haven’t had much snow this winter. I for one – really like snow – and not just a little bit. If it is going to be cold (which it has been this winter) and snow (which it has done very little this winter) – I say let the snow come down! I loved the years when we had storms of 12 – 24 – or more inches in one storm. Enough to slow down the area and allow for some home time. I also would like to see some significant snow this winter so I can really get some use out of my new snow blade for my lawn tractor (a John Deere of course – nothing runs like a Deere). I would also like to use my 4-wheel drive some!

One thing I really like about snow – its ability to cover up (blot out) whatever is in the yard. It covers all of the sticks and leaves and if there is any trash – it covers that up too. There are few things better – to me – than getting up early in the morning after a snow – before anyone has walked on it. The whole yard is so peaceful and beautiful – everything covered with a layer of snow. I have a couple of pictures of our home in the snow – and everything is so nice.

This image of the snow reminds me of today’s passage. Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let us settle the matter,” 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.

When God forgives us – God wipes our sin away – though our sins are like scarlet – they become like snow – they are blotted out. The blood of Christ paid for our sins and when we avail ourselves of this forgiveness – when we confess – repent – and turn to God – our sins are cleansed and become like a new snowfall – pure and peaceful. As we enter Lent in a few days – my prayer is that we will all seek after Jesus – more than ever before – and avail ourselves – not only of His forgiveness – but also His purity.

Another example of the snow being a good image for me in understanding Christ’s forgiveness and grace is this. As a child I would follow the footsteps of my dad (or try to). He would step into the deep snow and I would try to step in his footprints. When I would fail and fall over in the snow – dad would reach down and help me up. Jesus does the same thing when we strive to follow Him – yet fail. He is always there to help pick us up and set us back on the right path.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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February 9, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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