Whiter Than Snow
Whiter than snow is a metaphor for God’s light. In the beginning out of the darkness God said, “Let there be light and there was light.”’ God saw that the light was good and He separated it from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night”’ (Genesis 1:4-6). Throughout Scripture God uses this descriptive language to divide 24-hour days, and also to divide good from evil. He saw that His creation was good in the beginning, but things changed. After the original sin, darkness came into the world. Satan is epitomized as dark and evil, God is light and good. Sin is dark and righteousness is light. It’s a pretty simple concept. Yet it takes God to change this for, “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). The incarnation of Jesus into the world was prophesied 700 years before by Isaiah saying, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2).
God had to send His Son Jesus into the world to change things. Jesus said, ‘“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”’ (John 8:12). This is the gospel of light, life and truth. We all need to be changed for there is sin in the world and in each one of us, no matter how good you try to be. ‘“Come now, let us settle the matter,”’ says the Lord. ‘“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”’ (Isaiah 1:18). How does this happen? By believing in the One that God sent to redeem us from our sins because we cannot bridge the gap by ourselves. You see sin is death and there is no one good, not one. God is the only good One. We need to come to a place where we see the light. Even Thomas, one of his original disciples did not believe it until he put his hands in Jesus’ wounds when he said, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Shortly before this Jesus had said to His disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
Believing in Jesus as Lord changes and transforms us from darkness into light. Our sins are forgiven if we confess them as David did writing of his conversion in Psalm 51 saying, “Surely I was sinful from birth…Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:5,7). This personification is a clear contrast that we can understand. Notice the photo above taken by my cousin Douglas F. Frank, a landscape photographer. The dark and light from tree to snow is a clear divide. The dark tree for me is the tree of Calvary on which Jesus was crucified. The rocks are Golgotha’s stark landscape. The snow is the light of His resurrection morning, the angels and the empty tomb. In this resurrection light we are changed from dark to light in His redeeming light. He paid the debts we owed and redeemed us through His death. We become the light of the world as well Jesus said. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
This is why the light came into the world, that we might reflect Him to those who do not know.