Whiter than Snow

Snow-covered shore alongside a beautiful lake with a blue sky, mountain range, and snow-frosted tree

Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Psalms 51:7b

Many of us love snow, at least visiting and enjoying it for a while.
It offers a variety of good, clean fun.
I enjoy a white Christmas every year.
To me, the more snow, the better.
It makes me smile.
So I hope you enjoy this post about what snow is
and how God wants to make every one of us
"whiter than snow."

(What follows can be read aloud to a group. It is a Gospel presentation and a celebration of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, our Savior. If you want to share this with a group, you have my permission to read it. That’s why I wrote it. Or, feel free to make it more interactive.  Ask questions. Solicit thoughts to get listeners engaged. And pray that they will understand, appreciate, and accept the cleansing blood of Christ and His Gospel.)

Whiter than Snow

Fresh snow on a calm day brightens us with a special purity. Its as white as we can imagine, and it captivates us as it dances from the sky in gentle brilliance. For many of us, it incites fond memories, joyous times, wonder, and excitement. We might frolic and burrow through the snow, chiseling away at igloos and sculpting snowmen, and, hours later, as we hang our clothes to dry, we're not quite satisfied. We enjoy a winter wonderland. Some of us even call it 'God’s playground.'

But what is snow? How does God make snow in the sky? We know that clouds are just a collection of water vapors composed of very tiny water droplets.  Snow is similar. High in the sky where the air is thin, it can get cold enough for water droplets to freeze. But absolutely pure water rarely freezes by itself, even at temperatures below freezing. Before they can freeze, water droplets need to stick to something else, like a dust particle that scientists call a “seed.” (I call those particles dirt.) Only then, when connected to a seed, will water droplets freeze, forming an ice crystal. Other water droplets will stick to the ice crystal, making it larger until it becomes a magical snowflake.

So, without a seed, we don’t have a snowflake. This means there is dust or dirt at the core of every snowflake.

We might not like to think about it, but there is dirt at the core of every human being, too. We are not perfect. Our parents, and their parents, and their parents are not perfect. This goes all the way back to the first man, Adam.

Clean doesn’t come from dirty, and dirtiness, or sin, separates us from God – the perfectly clean, sinless Creator – the Creator of earth, mankind, and snow; and also of Heaven and Hell.

But God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

Think for a moment...  If there is dirt at the core of every snowflake, why don’t we think of dirt when we think of a snowflake?

Probably because we don’t see the dirt.  The snow hides it.

Consider this:

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
and whose sins have been covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

Romans 4:7-8

Our sins can be covered, just like snow covers dirt. Jesus, the perfect Son of God, paid the penalty that comes with our sins. This satisfies God as payment for those who trust in Jesus’ sacrifice.

When we trust Jesus' sacrifice as payment for the penalty of the dirt in our lives, our sins are covered, and God sees us as perfect, like a snowflake.

Here’s how God sees the sins of those who trust in Jesus' sacrifice:

Though your sins are bright red, they will become as white as snow.
Though they are dark red, they will become as white as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

Listen to how King David put it:

Wash me thoroughly from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin.
I admit that I am rebellious. My sin is always in front of me.
I have sinned against you, especially you. I have done what you consider evil.
So you hand down justice when you speak,
and you are blameless when you judge.
Indeed, I was born guilty. I was a sinner when my mother conceived me.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Hide your face from my sins, and wipe out all that I have done wrong.
Psalms 51:2-5, 7b, 9

Listen to Psalms 51:7b again:

Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

We’re not just white  as  snow. We’re  whiter  than snow.

That’s how perfect we need to be, and that’s how perfect we become when we fully believe and accept what Jesus did to cover our sins. Then God sees us whiter than snow.

Every snowflake is different.
Every speck of dust is different,
but each one can be washed and covered in snow.
Every snowflake is different,
but each one is beautiful and perfect.
That's how God can see us.
Beautiful and perfect.

Find all of my Christmas posts here.

If you want to know more about Jesus’ sacrifice of love on the cross and what it means to be a child of God, or if you have questions about using this post to share with your group, please email me at authordlv@att.net. You may also want to read more about God's gift of salvation here.

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