God, through the prophet Isaiah, is speaking directly to us – in the old testament – about the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He’s speaking to us about the salvation found in Him who died on the cross for our sins.
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
God is pleading with us to hear what He is saying, pleading with us to accept the free gift of forgiveness and grace. He’s trying to explain to us that there is no other way.
though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Our sins cover us with shame, they are like a stain that all can see. But Jesus can wipe it all away, by His blood that was shed on the cross. I heard someone on the radio a while back. He said, “Do you know the one thing God can’t do?” My first reaction was, there is nothing that our Mighty God cannot do. He went on to say, “The one thing God cannot do is see our sins, through the blood of Jesus Christ.” I thought wow, that’s pretty awesome! But the more I thought about it, the more I began to disagree with what this man was saying. John 1:1-2 tells us:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
John 1:1-2 ESV
We know Jesus is the living Word. John also tells us that in the beginning, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. We also know that the Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe that God, through our connection to Him through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, hears all that we think and sees all that we do. However, because of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on that cross, we are forgiven and those previous sins are made white as snow.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
If we’re willing to accept this gift, repent of our sins, and change our ways, we will prosper.
but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword;
If we do not repent, death, we will surely face. I’m not referring to physical death, which we all will face someday – unless of course, Jesus’ 2nd coming takes place before that time. I am referring to spiritual death, the death that separates us from Jesus Christ. Revelation, Ch. 19 paints a very vivid picture of this.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Revelation 19:11-16 (emphasis added)
God gives us chance after chance, to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, and to repent of our sins and turn back. But there will come a time when that choice is taken away from us.
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 1:18-20 ESV
Jesus is speaking to us every day through His Word and in prayer. My question for you today is, are you listening and searching him out?