Lessons in snow

snowIt snowed while we were sleeping last night. Not a LOT… but enough to make the ground, rooftops, and trees sparkle with a beautiful white glimmer. This snow was so fluffy. It was almost like pixie dust. It sparkled in the sunlight and allowed for perfect footprints (or paw prints lol). Seeing the bright,white, glimmering and CLEAN snow reminds me of what Christ came to do for us.

Christ was like that snow. He is perfect. He is clean. He is without blemish or spot, just like freshly fallen snow. He came to be the glimmering light for the World to see, just as I see every sparkle of the snow in the sunlight. He came to make all things fresh and new.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”John 3:16-17

The ground beneath this beautiful, bright, white, clean, freshly fallen snow, is dirty. It is full of bugs, dirt, germs, and animal fur, pee and poop. LOL. The ground it NOT so clean. This is what our hearts look like. Our hearts are dirty. They are filled with things that clutter it up, muddy it up, mess it up, dirty it up. They are full of sin. Christ came to be a payment for those sins. Christ came to take all the dirt and grime in our hearts and not just COVER it, but wash it away. Completely.

The snow, as beautiful as it is, is just a cover. Much like the attitude of the Pharisees. In fact, Jesus called them white washed tombs. You see, we can act like we have it all together. We can dress up and “play church” and act the part, maybe to a tee… but underneath the snow, there is still the same dirty. old. ground.

Christ came so we could have MORE than that. He wants to clean us. From the inside out. He wants to make our hearts new.  When something white lays against fresh snow, you can see how dirty it still really is. We may think we are good, or ok, or clean enough, but when compared to the beauty and splendor of Christ, we will look dingy. It reminds me of the time that Katie, she was 2 at the time, proceeded to drop the sheep from her Little People nativity OFF our balcony… 13 stories up. Into the snow. This was the year we had Snow-madgeddon too. There were places where the snow was 5 feet. That is A LOT for this Texas born and bred girl. LOL. I just thought. Of course, it HAS to be the sheep. Of ALL the animals it HAS to be the white one…

When I finally found it, I noticed something. It didn’t look so white. It actually looked kinda dirty and dingy and gross. Compared to the pure white snow, that sheep was unclean. It may have looked clean and white before, but it didn’t now.

You see, no matter how clean we think we are, how “good” we think we are, we  are not the pure white glory that Christ is. We may even think we look white compared to others around us. But the fact of the matter us, no matter how “clean” we think we are, we are still dirty. We still need to be washed with the blood of Christ.

Christ came to save us. Christ came to cleanse us. It is REALLY amazing to think of. He was perfect, spotless,and clean. He IS the freshly fallen snow. None is whiter than he. He is the standard for which we should hold all other things. Yet, he chose to die for us. For our ugliness, dinginess, dirtiness, for our sins.

He wants to do more than just cover up the dirty. He wants to remove it.

It is pretty humbling…

“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

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