One of the things I enjoy about winter is snow. I love to watch the little flakes descend from the sky. God’s creation points to its Creator and snow is one of the little ways that God has revealed His character. There are many little lessons that can be learned from snow and it is my plan to share a few of those that I have seen over the next few weeks or months.
Snow Is a Picture of God’s Grace
“’Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).
Snow is a beautiful white color. It looks so clean and fresh. In the book of Isaiah, God uses snow as a comparison to His work of grace that He desires to perform. Red stands out vividly in contrast to white. So our sin also stands out in vivid contrast to God’s holiness.
Man’s Righteousness or God’s?
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities” (Isaiah 64:6-7).
God is so holy that He compares the good things that man tries to do as filthy, disgusting cloths. If man’s goodness is not good enough to please God, what hope does man have? Man’s only hope is Christ. When Jesus was on the cross, God poured out on Him all His righteous wrath (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 2:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:9). God’s penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). This refers not only to physical death when a person’s body dies, but spiritual death which is separation from God while he lives and after his physical death in hell (John 3:36). Jesus bore both on the cross. Jesus never had any sins of His own which is why He is the only one who could bear our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). As Jesus hung on that cross, God laid our sin on Him and He bore God’s wrath.
After all our sin was paid for spiritually, Jesus died physically. However, the greatest aspect of the story is Jesus’ resurrection three days later. Jesus was victorious over death itself. His resurrection is a foreshadowing of the resurrection of each believer yet to come (1 Corinthians 15).
Anyone who understands and chooses to put their trust in Jesus’ work on the cross as the only means of their salvation from God’s wrath for their sin is made white as snow in God’s sight. God no longer sees the glaring red sin, but instead He sees a righteous, pure individual through Christ’s righteousness which is imputed to the individual at salvation.
How about You?
Have you accepted the free gift of salvation that Christ offers? Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” It is as simple as that. If you haven’t already, you can make this decision today. If you have any questions about this decision, you can send us an email and we would be happy to share with you what God’s Word says concerning salvation.
If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, Have you stopped today to thank Him for that gift of salvation? The next time you see snow (even if it is just a picture) why not take a moment to stop and thank God for His grace!