“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
Red, white, green, and gold fireworks shot into the New Year’s sky in the valley below our mountain home. We watched from our window, enjoying the display, and grateful for the snow which made it possible. Our drought-ridden state is rife with fire danger, even in the midst of winter. The covering of snow provided our protection. They were beautiful to see, but carry a danger all too real.
When David wrote Psalm 51, he was suffering the conviction of his sin with Bathsheba. His lust led to adultery, murder, and the death of the child they conceived—a crimson stain he could not remove by himself. As he confesses his sin to God, he says, “wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Isaiah’s prophecy carries the same message. Sin is not something which can hide forever. Once found out, it shows scarlet and crimson, staining our lives in ways we are powerless to escape, much like the brand on Hester Prynne’s cheek in Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Our only hope of cleansing is to confess our sin and commit our lives to the Lord who promises to cleanse us from the stain of sin, leaving us “white as snow.”
What hidden sin stains your life today? What do you fear will be found out and destroy you?
Just as the snow provided protection from the danger of fireworks in a dry, parched land, Jesus promises to remove the stain of our sin with the washing of His own pure blood shed on the Cross when we are powerless to save ourselves.
Begin your new year with confession, accept His cleansing, and face the future with security for all eternity.
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