“ Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “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.” Isaiah 1:18 NLTI think I could talk about the goodness of the Lord forever and ever without getting tired. I mean, that He would send His SON down to Earth to take my sins so that I could be reconciled to Him just blows my mind.
The fact that the very God who created the Universe cared so much that He made a “backup” plan or a way out of the mess that I would make of my own life, when left to my own devices just blows me away.
When my sins were scarlet, when I was the most unlovable, God loves us.
The entire Bible is a testament to the fact that He has always been writing a love letter to His children. Though we have failed Him again and again, though we make bad choices, lose our cool and sin, He never ceases to respond with love.
This God we serve is love so He cannot answer in any other fashion.
And that is really what Christmas is all about, you know. It is about this choice that the Creator of all made to send His most prized possession, His son down to Earth as a babe in a manger not just “for all” but for me. For little old me. I’ll never tire of reading this passage in Isaiah where God reminds us, His people that He settles it. He willingly gives us the option of trading our scarlet sins for a cloth of white wool.
This is the heart of the Christmas Story, the heart of Easter. This is the Heart of our Father.
I respond by allowing Him full reign over my life, not just during the holidays but always. I respond by living my life, to the best of my ability, in a way that shows that I know that I am loved beyond what I could imagine. How will you respond?
Elisse Kipe. Elisse is a lover of lattes & Jesus and her favorite times are spent with both. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams, a Pastor of the campus planting variety. Together, they have 2 homegrown daughters & a son from Ethiopia. You can find her writing about her passions: grace, service and adoption at Mommy Musings by Elise Kipe and The Dinner Table Collective.