Have you ever ventured out into a woodland right after a snow storm? By this I mean RIGHT after….when you are crushing in the very first footprints. If you’ve ever done this, you have probably felt the complete and utter calm that only seems to be in the air at those times. It’s like the entire world is at rest.
When you think about it, these silent forests covered in white are one of the best visuals the Lord has given us to describe the saving work He has done for us.
If we backtrack a little bit, most of us can remember what life was like before we were made new in Christ. Without His presence, we were constantly unsettled because things in this world are “not right.” We hurt each other, we ignore one another when we should be drawing close…we even harshly affect one another without even realizing it sometimes. The list goes on. In our hearts, we know all of this is not the way it should be and we want it to be set right!
But because things will never be at true perfection during our time here on earth, we only become frustrated, restless, and exhausted when we try to make them right and “bring justice.”
The picture of the freshly fallen snow shows that the Lord has made justice so simple. Instead of ordering us to try harder to be perfect, the Lord rained down a perfect covering of righteousness from heaven of the purest white and He clothed us completely in Himself…thereby making peace and setting things right.
With Jesus as our clothing, we no longer need to try to cover up our wrongdoing ourselves to be right before God, as Adam and Eve did in the Garden (Gen 3:7)
“Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow.” Isa 1:18
“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Gal 3:27)
When God the Father looks at us, He no longer sees our sin, selfishness, or wrongs. He sees only the blanket of snow and He is satisfied. And it is because of the righteousness of Jesus, our covering.
But God knew He couldn’t only forgive us from hurting one another and leave it at that. So this blanket of snow not only covers our sins of us who have hurt people, but it is also a rich storehouse of water which we can drink from and heal from the hurts we have experience. All of us have access to it. And when we drink from it, the new life of spring emerges from the melted snow.
This means that no matter what we experience, God has abundantly supplied every healing resource for each person to overcome pain and walk in freedom and new life.
Under the righteous covering of Jesus, each person is not only forgiven for hurting others, but with time the deep love of God erases the pain caused by those hurts when we truly seek Him. And in fact these things that were meant to cause us pain actually bring us into greater glory! (2 Cor 4:17)
When we turn to Him for salvation, He lifts up, heals, and makes holy every offender AND every victim of offense.
Justice has been met through Jesus Christ, our brilliant white covering of grace, mercy, and love. The quiet woodland is at rest. (And so are we 🙂 )