Sun 4th March 17 As White as Snow

Given the weather and our obsession with it, it would seem inappropriate not to make mention of it here.

Six-hundred years before the birth of the Lord Jesus, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah. At the time, the people of Israel honoured their religious rituals, diligently observing the Law of Moses. Yet, at the same time, they neglected the oppressed, ignored orphans and failed to care for widows. God therefore rebukes them for their hypocricy and double standards. Indeed in doing so God reveals to us his own priorities and desires. However, the passage doesn’t stop there. As God continues to speak, he reveals to us his incredible mercy and amazing grace. In Chapter 1 vs 18 we read; “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”

As you look at the beauty around you, I encourage you to consider again the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus. However, as you rejoice in your forgiveness, let us remember God’s heart for those who are struggling and oppressed and ask that he would enable us to reveal to them, the love and grace that he offers us.

Yours, Gareth

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