The White Miracle
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
In the seventeenth century, Sir Isaac Newton used a prism to study how light helps us see different colours. He found that when light passes through an object, the object appears to possess a specific colour. While a single ice crystal looks translucent, snow is made up of many ice crystals smashed together. When light passes through all of the crystals, snow appears to be white.
This reminded me that the Bible mentions something else that has a certain colour—sin. Through the prophet Isaiah, God confronted the sins of the people of Judah and described their sin as “like scarlet” and as “red as crimson.” But God promised they would “be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). How? Judah needed to turn away from their way of sin and seek God’s forgiveness.
Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, we have permanent access to God’s forgiveness. Christ the Lord called Himself “the light of the world” and said whoever follows Him “will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). When we confess our sins, God forgives us, and we are seen through the light of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. This means that God sees us as He sees Jesus—blameless.
We do not have to wallow in the guilt and shame of what we have done wrong. Instead, we can hold on to the truth of God’s forgiveness, which makes us “white as snow.”
Do you know Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour today?
Heavenly Father, thank You for the forgiveness You freely offer in Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.