WHAT DID YOU SEE?                                                                                                                 Andy Hollifield 2-5-18

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

I know that the weather on Sunday morning was pretty dicey at best. Four wheel drive or front wheel drive doesn’t matter on ice. They can’t go or stop any better than anything else. I realize that a lot of church services were cancelled or postponed but what did you see when you looked outside? I saw an icy road, deck banisters iced over, icicles hanging on every surface where water drips from, ice all over the cars and the grass. There was something else that I seen when I looked out my window. I saw every tree in sight covered with a shiny, glistening, coating of ice. Don’t get me wrong, I know a lot of ice would have created a lot of problems. No one likes to have to saw up broken tree limbs and most definitely had the power gone out, it would have been highly inconvenient. As I looked at those trees, I didn’t see all of the problems that the ice caused. What I saw was the magnificent beauty that God had coated our little corner of the world with. There is a certain stillness and quietness when the world outside is covered with snow or ice. While ice and snow may cause a lot of problems, it also covers all of the ugly and gives us a temporary glimpse of how beautiful God made his creation. Picturesque, I believe is the appropriate word to describe the scenes that we had Sunday morning. I know that the linemen for the power companies probably wouldn’t agree or think it is near as beautiful as I do.

I am saying all of this and trying to paint a picture to make a point. When we have ice and snow covering everything, like I mentioned it hides the ugly. It also enhances the beauty that was there all the time that we just sometimes fail to see. Those trees or mountains don’t change but how we see them does. The reason I point this out is because that is what Christ did for us when he forgave our sins. He didn’t just cover our sins but like he said in Isaiah 1:18, he washed them “white as snow.” Did you realize that the phrase “white as snow” is used 8 times in the bible? That tells us that God himself made the snow and there is no other whiteness that compares to it. The bible uses the phrases “white as wool” and “white like wool” 3 times each. Psalms 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Micah 7:19 speaks says that God “will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

I believe that the way we see nature covered with snow and ice is the same way that God sees us. According to John 1:29, Jesus the Lamb of God, “taketh away the sin of the world.” That means that God sees only the good because Jesus’ “love covereth all sins” (Proverbs 10:12). He covered them and washed us as white as snow. When God looks at us, he don’t see us as others see us, he sees us as the object of his Son’s affections. He sees the clean white version where Christ’ love has covered all our sins and the blood he shed was for the remission, or pardon and forgiveness, of our sins. Just as the snow and ice covers the ugly and the scars and broken limbs of a tree, so the blood of Jesus covers us and makes us look more beautiful and holy and pleasing to his Father. Not because we did anything, but because he has done everything. We can do nothing, and no artist can paint the scene, that does justice to the beauty of the ice and snow. That is also true when it comes to our hearts. We can’t do anything and no one can describe the beauty and the value that Jesus sees in each one of us.

You may be having trouble seeing your worth and value but look at what Jesus sees in you; he saw that you were worth dying for and laying down his life for. He didn’t have to be hog-tied to go to the cross for you, and he could have come down anytime he wanted. But the fact is, that in Revelation 5; he volunteered to do it. He said in John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He saw something in you that you couldn’t see in yourself. No, there wasn’t really any of us worth the price he paid. We had done nothing to deserve it, but to him we were worth it. So the next time you see ice and snow, before complaining; stop and appreciate the beauty. Just as the rainbow is a token of God’s promise to Noah, the beauty of the snow and ice should be a reminder to us of how the Lord sees us. “What did you see?” Have a blessed day in the lord!!!

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