“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Ever noticed that the cute white painted brick house down the street begins to look awfully dirty once the snow falls to meet its foundation? Or had a shirt with a stain on it that no product could remove? You try to fight the stain by using bleach, stain stick, special methods, and still the stain shows through? You just can’t find the remedy.
Do you try to fight your “stains” apart from Christ? Striving to cover up your mess? Or maybe you don’t think you’re a mess at all? Maybe you’re like the “painted white house” that hasn’t been laid against the bright white snow just yet? The truth is, we must see ourselves as we truly are so we can see HIM as HE truly is! He is the snow and we are that house. We must understand that we look awfully dirty in light of God’s purity.
Crimson was the dye used in biblical times, colorfast, sticking to cloth, not fading or washing away, permanent. Crimson is meant to paint a clear picture of our sin, it can’t be covered up, can’t be removed in our own efforts, there is always a trace of it and there is only one remedy; It is the atonement, the sacrifice of Christ, it’s the cross! Come to Jesus Christ, He is the remedy! “For without the shedding of blood there is not forgiveness of sin.” (Hebrews 9:22)
Take heart, it is snowing at the foot of the cross. Bring all your “stains” without hinderance,
Jesus will meet you there and wash you whiter than snow.
Jesus, You have lavished Your love on us in exceeding measure. While we were still sinners You accomplished what we never could. There is none like you, there is none like you! You are the perfect Lamb whose fleece is white as snow. Alleluia, You are Savior!
“MARY HAD THE LAMB OF THE WORLD, WHOSE FLEECE IS WHITE AS SNOW”