I was sitting down to have a snack and my mom was watching TV and we found a show on the History Channel about Crucifixion. The horrors of crucifixion are gut wrenching and horrid and to think that this was how my precious Jesus died, and He died for me! It was my sins that held Him there and my sins that brought Him to His death. I deserved that cross. I deserved that death. But Jesus took it for me. He bled on that cross so that I could have life, so that I could live, so that I could be forgiven. What wondrous love that is!!! Amazing! When thinking of this, a hymn popped into my head, “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed”. Here are the beautiful lyrics to it:
Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
[originally, For such a worm as I?]
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!
Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.
Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.
The ground right now is covered in oodles and oodles of snow. It’s snowing right now and it’s such a wondrous sight. I love the look of snow at Christmas time, even though by the time March rolls around I can’t stand the sight of it. J New fallen snow, the white, fresh, pure kind, is so amazing. Snow has been one of the greatest reminders in my life of the grace of God.
To think that he makes our hearts as white as snow… so pure and lovely and clean… it blows my mind away to try to dwell on it. Before Jesus came and redeemed me, my heart was black. It didn’t matter if I had done good things or had grown up in a Christian home, I was still evil because I had rebelled against God in my heart, thoughts, and actions. I was just as bad of a sinner as the thief that hung on the cross beside Jesus. But now, now that he has bought me with his precious blood and now that I am a slave (or bondservant) to him instead of sin, my heart has been made as lovely as the new fallen snow.
He is constantly making my heart more pure and holy as I grow in my love and faith in Him. He is constantly making my thoughts, actions, and desires conform to His and to become white as snow. The thought brings me to my knees. My heart has been cleaned. I am free. It is not of my own doing but the grace of the mighty King of Kings! It’s a free gift that He has given me. I am blessed beyond compare to have received this marvelous gift of salvation.
Remember this Christmas season that if you are a passionate follower of Christ, then you have been given a gift a million times more wonderful than any other gift you could ever receive. You have been given grace. Grace that transcends all that you have ever done. Grace that makes you as white as snow. So take time to thank our amazing savior and Lord for the grace He has given us, grace that washes our very souls.
“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 wool.”