“‘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 as red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'”
This passage is a familiar one; as I read it, the hymn based on this passage starts playing in my head with a memory of it as a favorite of old Mr. Borst at the Chapel.Now, years later, as a resident of Chicago during the school year, one line sticks out to me:”They shall be as white as snow.”
We’ve had our share of snowy weather the past few months, even yesterday morning. Though I am not a huge fan of snow, I have to admit that there are few things as beautiful as freshly fallen snow. What beautiful imagery in Isaiah to think that we are as pure as freshly fallen snow in God’s eyes.
During this Lenten season, it’s easy to become heavy with the weight of sin; we become even more aware of our sin as we reflect on God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice for us. But as Bonhoeffer writes below, Christ restores us to what God originally intended us to be. He restores us to be without blemish: freshly fallen snow.
“Christ restores all this as God originally intended it to be, without the distortion resulting from our sins.”