Reverend Patrick Evans, Senior Pastor
White as Snow
This past week was amazing. I do not believe I have ever seen that much snow fall in Texas. There were records set. Sadly, it was hard for many people. Much of the area lost power, many were without water. Yet, when I remember watching the snow fall and how much of the landscape was covered in snow and ice, it was beautiful. It transformed the world around us. I was also struck by how bright it was when the sun came out. The snow reflected so much light, what a beautiful site. I was squinting at the brightness.
When we lived in Kentucky, Deb and I always enjoyed watching the snow fall. From our Kitchen window it was a beautiful scene. In our back yard stood the old city water well. It was the old pipe sticking out of the well and it had a metal cross bar on it which formed a cross.The cross was rust-colored. So, from our back kitchen window you could watch snow fall and see a cross at the end of the yard. It was an amazing site - a creek, trees, snow, and a cross.
In Isaiah, the 1st chapter we see a call to return to God. It speaks of how the nation of Israel has rebelled and, therefore, had become sinful. It goes on to say that, while they have the form of religion, they do not have any transformation. They have followed all the "religious rules" of sacrifice and of holidays. They keep the rules but forget the reason for the rules. God asks the question. "Who asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?" That is a sad situation. Then God extends an invitation.
"Come now, let us settle the matter" says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
God calls all people to repentance. We have all fallen short, yet God desires for us to turn to His ways. I think of the contrast of the red cross in our yard, and the white snow. Our sins are washed white in the blood of Christ. You see, people have never walked completely in the ways of God. People continue to rebel. God always knew we were unable to over come sin. But God has always willed for our salvation. The solution was to provide the means of our salvation in Christ. It is blood that washed away our sin.
Today we have access to the most beautiful life. A life washed by God. The removal of sin an guild from our hearts and our minds. There is no need for us to feel guilty, for God has covered us in his love. So now we are washed as white as snow. We now can reflect the pure light of Christ. In the reflecting of that light our world will be much brighter.
Consider the price paid. It was love that was nailed to a cross. Because of that very act of love, we may offer to others the forgiving love of God as well.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Patrick Evans