“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
─ Isaiah 1:18 ESV
Nana Bell poured herself a second cup of coffee and turned to look out the kitchen window. A fresh, deep layer of white snow covered everything, from the tips of the mountain, down the valley and up to her back porch.
The pitter patter of her two-year-old granddaughter’s footed pajamas on the hardwood floor compelled her to set her coffee back down on the counter and swiftly scoop the child into her arms. The glistening snow caught the child’s attention, and she pointed and exclaimed, “So clean, Nana! So clean!”
Sin in all of its ugliness pollutes your heart, but Jesus comes and washes it anew; like a clean blanket of snow for as far as you can see. Our verse today compares sin to the crimson or scarlet dye that, once it’s fastened itself to a fabric, is impossible to remove. The fabric is forever stamped so that no matter what you do, the spot would still be visible. And the stain of sin is the same in our lives, something we often think we can never get rid of or be forgiven for.
Jesus’ presence washes you clean. Like a blanket of snow washes the valley, Jesus’ presence takes residence, and through Him, the Father’s forgiveness wipes away every trace of sin’s stain.
Today’s One Thing
Perhaps there are stains in your life that you remember, or the enemy of your soul never wants you to forget. But Jesus has covered you. See yourself washed clean from your past and forgiven. Also see others that way.