Communion Meditation – Isaiah 1:15-18 – God can make us as pure as new fallen snow.

Had enough of the East Coast Blizzard of January 2016 that dumped up to 40 inches on some areas?

Snow can be a welcome commodity at times, and it should come as no surprise that the Bible has much to say about Snow. King David fought a hand-to-hand battle in a snowstorm. Job wanted to take a snow bath. Also in Daniel’s vision of the Son of man he appears in robes as white as snow.

The passage I would call to our attention is Isaiah 1:15-18. It says,
“When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Come now, let us reason together”, says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, the shall be white as sow, thought they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

The passage identifies a common problem and an uncommon solution. The common problem is that we are in need of moral and spiritual cleansing. The uncommon solution is that if we have the right cleansing agent we can be clean. An old hymn writer said it. “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” The God given blood of Jesus can so cleanse our character and soul that we become as pure as new fallen snow.

As we approach the Lord’s Table let us find the moral and spiritual cleansing offered by God through Christ Jesus.

The Old Church//
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