I wrote this for my congregation on Tuesday when the snow came& went quickly. More snow last night and the thought remains…
It’s an Alabama Snow Day. The snow is here today and gone…today. Within hours. At least, that was the case up in our neck of the woods at our house and at the church. But while it lasts, it is fun to see the delighted smiles of children that I have been seeing on Facebook today. To see there snowmen and snowballs. It reminded me that joy is, and should be, a hallmark of the Christian life. Why? I’m glad you asked. Here’s just one reason: we are forgiven. We are forgiven by the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. His blood shed. His life given. So that we might be washed whiter than snow.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18, ESV)
“Oh! rejoice in the richness of our salvation! When the Lord pardoned our sins, he did not pardon half of them, and leave some of them on the book—but with one stroke of the pen he gave a full receipt for all our debts. When we went down into the fountain filled with blood, and washed, we did not come up half-clean, but there was no spot nor wrinkle upon us—we were white as snow.” ~Charles Spurgeon
So, whatever your concerns, worries, fears, or uncertainties right this very moment, be reminded of this one thing:
You are forgiven.
I hope that will give ample reason to join us for worship on Sunday so that we can rejoice together.