Scarlet sins made white as snow

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From the opening chapter of the Book of Isaiah come words that provide a portrait of possibilities, of future transformation:

Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

“Come now, and 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 be as wool.

Here God is speaking to His people who have rebelled and abandoned His precepts and pursued a path that has led to separation from God who is attempting to reason with a wayward and disobedient people, as He unfolds His desire for reconciliation.  A recent blog entry mentioned that “God is still in the restoration business,” as this passage reveals. Even though His people are laden with sins, described as being “scarlet,” yet those deeply stained with sin can be cleansed, rendered “white as snow.” Logos Bible software notes that the Hebrew word for “scarlet” means double-dyed, referring to the deep-fixed permanency of sin in the heart, which no mere tears can wash away. We also recognize that without the shedding of blood there is no remission or cleansing of sin.

The words of the prophet Isaiah project toward the coming Messiah who would embody the Passover Lamb . . .”The Atonement” for sin through the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world.”

Lines from a descriptive poem entitled “Red” allude to the shed blood of Jesus Christ spoken of in Isaiah 1:18:

red

blood red

red

yes, Lord, red

Lamb’s blood

red

precious blood

red

blood-stained banner

red

like the crimson flow

that cleanses scarlet sins

and washes white as snow

red

Amen red

red

blood red

blood red

blood red

blood red

blood red

blood red

blood red

red   red    red   red     red    red    red

red

blood red

I said.

red

CeCe Winans offers a medley of songs related to “the precious blood of the Lamb”:

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