Almost all parts of the UK have been covered in snow for almost a week now. The heavy snow that fell during the weekend is still settling on the ground due to the cold weather. It is absolutely freezing, and you would never believe that we are actually in March going to April (supposed to be spring!)
As the Easter weekend approaches, in addition to the 1st question that pops in our head “global warming, or global freezing?” how are we to view this as Christians? The Bible says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1Thess.5:18
It is so easy to complain and to really wish that we would get to enjoy the beauty of spring during Easter. Yet it is also good to see God in all things and seasons. As I was reading a blog earlier just before I was thinking of writing this blog, it summarized my idea really well, so I would encourage you to read it… http://sojournersgarden.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/let-it-snow-let-it-snow-let-it-snow/
Yes the white and pure snow covers the ground beneath, no matter how ugly or how beautiful it had been. So in this, the entire place looks beautiful without any difference. In the same way, when we are covered in Jesus’ blood, it is no longer about how good we are but all of us covered in Jesus’ righteousness appear equally pure before Him, for there is no partiality before God. Our ugly past is gone, we are now new creation in Christ.
I have also observed that when the roads are been cleared with salt and sand, the pure white snow is turned into muddy and dirty puddle. In the same way, we as Christians do mess up sometimes, but God’s grace is there to pick us up and fill us afresh again. Unlike the temporary snow that’s here today and melt tomorrow, God’s love never fails; and whenever we are tempted to go back to our old selves, His blood drops like the snow and purifies us.
“22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.” – Lament.3:22-23
So this Easter as you look at every flake of snow that falls, think of the drops of blood Jesus shed for you and me and the whole world, and remember to thank Him for it, even with your frozen hands outstretched 🙂
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah.1:18