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“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 woolIsa. 1:18

              Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snowPsalm 51:7

             ”Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

     Dear Lord Jesus, as the day progresses, the gently falling snow here in St. Louis, is supposed to become an 8-inch blanket of beauty—a nightmare for driving, but a gorgeous sight to behold. I praise you for a warm abode, hot coffee and the privilege of communing with you.

Perhaps predictably, but I couldn’t help but think of these classic “snow passages” in the Scriptures, this morning. Lord Jesus, what an amazing Savior you are. What an astonishing salvation you have given us. What a rich standing-in-grace, rooting-in-love, seat-in-the-heavenlies, and inheritance-to-come we enjoy, all because you are the Lamb of God, who came to take away our sin.

We praise, bless, and adore you for your finished work and present Advocacy; and your unassailable, immeasurable and unwavering affection for us.

“Whiter than snow”… I am so thankful that it’s the Father who declares us to be washed, white and righteous; because I wouldn’t make such a claim for myself, as my thoughts, words, and deeds betray such a purity. How I look forward to the Day when our declared state of righteousness will be matched by an eternal condition of righteousness—the Day when you return, and we will be made perfect in love (1 John 3:1-1). Glorification has never looked so good, Jesus.

Even as we rest in your righteousness this morning, we acknowledge our calling to love others as you love us—especially in our deteriorating weather condition. You have given us, yet again, an opportunity to love you Lord Jesus by caring for the least and the lost—the poor and the homeless populations in our communities.

May our services of worship, on this Lord’s Day, propel us to live as worship servants in our cities and neighborhoods, in the coming hours. So very Amen we pray, in your compassionate and loving name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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