““Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”
If you’ve never seen a Saskatchewan frost, you haven’t seen white.
It almost hurts, that brilliance against a navy winter sky. It dazzles. It glows. It vibrates. It’s is pure purity, clean beyond imagination.
When they say ‘as white as snow’, they mean it.
I mean, look.
The idea of that pure, concentrated, clean snow – frost, in this case – is just why this image is used in this context here in Isaiah. Imagine – trading grimy, dirty impurity for that.
And you an I can make the trade for sparkling white at any time.
See, this is what the baby Jesus is all about. The cute little wee one in the nativity scene was about so much more than shepherds and angels and holidays. He came to make sure that we could reach His pure, infinite, holy space in our impure state.
By trading our impurity for His holiness.
Make the trade with me?
Father, thank You. Thank You for sharing Your purity, Your holiness with us. You paid a high price for it! We humbly accept Your sacrifice on our behalf and are thrilled that we can be sparkling white because of it. Amen.