“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)
The earth and all that is on it is being draped with a thick blanket of white. The imperfections of the sidewalks, streets, and lawns are disappearing beneath the layer of pure white snow. Though I do not look forward to driving through the accumulating inches, from inside of my office I can’t help but be enamored with the beauty unfolding outside of my windows.
Paul’s letter to the Colossians declares that Christ is the “Firstborn of all creation”. The Dictionary of New Testament Theology Vol. 1 says that “Firstborn” is a “title that confesses the supreme rank of the pre-existent Christ as the mediator in the creation of all things.” I don’t believe that I will fall into heresy by saying that the latter half of the definition gives the implication that when we look at the world around us, there is something about it that declares Christ to us (c.f. Psalm 19; Romans 1). Looking out at the virgin white snow brings to mind Isaiah 1:18 and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Though our sins are blood red, Jesus shed His blood on the cross so that whoever believes into Him will be forgiven and washed clean becoming as pure as white snow.