by BETH HALL
For me, just saying that word conjures images of a white, hushed landscape. What was once gray and dreary is now transformed into brilliant, pure white. The mundane replaced with the dazzling.
Have you ever wished that for yourself? To have your dreary life covered in brilliance? To trade mundane for dazzling? When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, becoming a Christian, you do just that. And the marvelous, incredible thing is God is waiting right now to give you this gift. Sound too good to be true? Let me explain.
Each of us has sinned. We know this innately even if we don’t always use an old fashioned word like “sin” to describe what we’ve done. We say things like, “I’m not perfect,” and, “I’ve made my share of mistakes,” acknowledging we fall short. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
To make ourselves feel better, we like to look around and find someone who is a “bigger” sinner, at least bigger in our eyes. But all sin is a big deal. Romans 6:23 points out, “For the wages of sin is death.” Each of us has earned a death sentence by sinning.
Our loving, holy God has given us a way to escape this terrible, yet deserved, punishment. Reading all of Romans 6:23 gives us the Good News, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
How is this possible? How can God forgive my sin if I don’t pay the price? Because Jesus paid the price for me. He willingly died on the cross for my sins. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
What a powerful love!
Jesus was perfect and without sin and did not deserve death, but chose to die for sinful man. For me. For you. When you are ready to admit you are a sinner and turn away from your sin and turn toward God, you are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved,” (Romans 10:9-10).
The Bible gives us word pictures to help us see our true selves. In the Old Testament, our sins are compared to scarlet and crimson, but we are also told they do not have to remain so. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
While a physical landscape may be changed by a beautiful blanket of snow, we know the change isn’t permanent. The snow melts and the reality of what lies beneath comes through. How wonderful it is to understand the transformation of the sinner isn’t like this. It is permanent because the debt of your sin has been paid.
Today your sins can be forgiven and your life covered in the brilliant dazzling work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Won’t you accept Him? BH