Nothing But the Blood

Come now, 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 become like wool.

~Isaiah 1:18

Snow_2015In the last 36 hours nearly a foot of snow has fallen on Louisville. “Welcome to your new home,” I said to my four school-age kids as they watched through the windows with excitement. For my kids there are few things better than the neighborhood being blanketed in white powder.

There is something particularly beautiful about this winter storm. It hasn’t come with strong winds or freezing rains, but quiet flakes falling gently to the ground. Our suburban cul-de-sac looks like Narnia with the promise of Spring around the corner.

But more than the physical attributes of this snowfall, I’ve been impressed with the perspective of my 7-year-old Michael. As he looked out through the kitchen windows he held up his arms and said, “He’s washed our sins white as snow.”

In the snow, Michael saw the gospel.

Of course, Michael proceeded to get excited about the other implications of the snowfall: sledding, snowball fights, and, of course, the cancellation of school. But I thank God that Michael has been given the grace to see what the snow ultimately points to: the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Thanks to my Michael there’s a song on my heart this morning — a song that sings of forgiveness and the promise of “all things new”:

What can wash away my sin? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus; 
What can make me whole again? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

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3 Responses to Nothing But the Blood

  1. Karen Nieuwendorp says:

    Wow! Another future Pastor in the making??? Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. mardorbar says:

    Good morning Mike;

    Have been thinking of you and the kids with the unusual snow this year. I know the kids love it. How very special Michael’s remark is. What a sweet guy. I don’t think I told you but one of your last Sundays here, I was sitting up front and spotted him singing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” with great gusto——all the words. Wondered if he knew the song by heart or was he actually reading the words off the screen. I had to smile and just watch him. Couldn’t believe it from a 7 yr. old!

    Hi to all the other kids. Love them and miss them “bunches”, as my granddaughter says.

    I am off to Arizona today to spend a week with my 2 sisters. We lost our brother last fall and with that still tugging at our hearts, we need some time together. Grateful for the closeness of family but so hard when the circle starts to get smaller. You certainly know about that.

    Blessings to you, dear friend. Teach well——the young men need you. The times surely call for well-prepared pastors.

    Forgiven, not forsaken, Marlene A.

  3. Roylene Baker says:

    Thank you for sharing this inspirational message with all it’s implications. What a blessing to know your children are rooted and grounded in the Lord.
    In love, Roylene

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