Christ Washes Us Whiter than Snow

 

“Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” – (Ps.51:2,7).

“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” – (Is.1:16,18).

“And he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them” – (Mk.9:2,3).

“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow…” – (Rev.1:14).

 

   I now live in Tucson, AZ where there is very little snow, but I lived for 38 years in the U.P. of Michigan where it snowed for six months a year. I used to believe that there was nothing on earth that was whiter than snow. But on March 17, 1972 I was saved and washed from my sins and became a new creature in Christ and I was washed “whiter than snow”. A short while later I walked outside in Michigan, with new fallen snow on the ground, and I felt cleaner than the white snow.

 

   Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ had washed me thoroughly from my sins and purged me cleaner than new fallen snow. The scarlet, crimson blood of Christ, the snow-white, sinless Lamb of God, had washed all my sins and spots away and  I was whiter than snow – on the inside.

           

Mary had a little lamb, He washed me whiter than snow – Praise the Lord Jesus.

 

   Yesterday, here in Tucson, I drove all over the place looking for Lava soap because I found that it’s the best soap of all for cleaning my hands. I began to meditate on ‘washing’ and to study my Bible and this sermon is the result. I found that Lava soap is made from pumice of volcanic lava and that our word ‘lava’ is the same as our Bible word ‘brimstone.’ Brimstone means (burning stone) which is exactly what lava is. In the Bible fire and brimstone is an agent of God’s judgment and wrath upon sinful man. “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven” – (Gen.19:24). It will be used against the wicked during the soon coming great tribulation when the wrath of God is poured out upon the living on earth. It is also God’s punishment upon the unsaved wicked in the lake of fire forever because they have rejected and spurned God’s grace of His beloved Son on the cross. “By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone… and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And whosever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.9:18-20:10,15).

 

   Lava (brimstone) soap washing the outside of your body can never wash your filthy sins away, only the blood of Christ can. “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” – (Rev.1:5). “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” – (I Cor.6:11). You are washed inwardly of your sins, not outwardly. The water in the baptistry has never saved anyone, and never will. No person can baptize you with water into the true church, only the baptism of the Holy Spirit can – “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” – (I Cor.12:13). Good, clean moral living has never saved anyone, and never will – “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” – (Tit.3:5). When you’re washed in the blood of Christ, you are regenerated, born again into the family of God.

 

   Being washed by lava soap, stands for all the good works done on the outside instead of repenting of sin and believing on Christ by faith on the inside and being washed by His precious blood. Lava stands for the flesh instead of the washing of the Spirit. First God cleans our heart and then gives us the Holy Spirit – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” – (Ps.51:10). Regenerated and born again, a new clean heart.

 

   Because David was defiled by sin he said – “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” – (Ps.51:7). He felt contaminated and he felt that the purgative called hyssop would purge him from his sins. But it’s the blood of Christ, the Lamb of God that was crucified and shed His sin-cleansing blood on the day of Passover. But on the Day of Passover, hyssop was mixed in the blood of the lamb, as God was showing us that the blood of Christ purges and purifies us of our sins – “And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood” – (Ex.12:22). And the hyssop was there on the day of Passover when Christ died on the cross – “And put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth” – (Jn.19:29).

 

  God elaborates on this some more in (Heb.9:17-22) when talking about Christ our testator who gave us the New Testament in His blood, we are told the blood was mixed with hyssop to purge – “… he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool (speaking of the bloody Lamb of God on the cross) and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people” – (vs.19). Yes, our Bible is a blood-sprinkled book from one end to the other. “And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” – (I Jn.1:7).

 

   In the Old Testament lepers were white as snow – “his hand was leprous as snow” – (Ex.4:6). Again “Miriam became leprous, white as snow” – (Num.12:10). Leprosy was a type of sin that God inflicted on people in the Old Testament such as on Gehazi for lying, and on King Uzziah for invading the priest’s office. Leprosy showed on the outside of the body, the hideousness of sin in the heart, and the cure by the priest was the blood of two doves and mixed with cedar wood, scarlet wool, and hyssop – (Lev.14:4). It shows us the blood of Christ purging and cleansing us of our sins – amen.

 

   In the case of Miriam the sin that caused her leprosy was her prejudice against her brother Moses for his intermarriage with a black Ethiopian woman – “Because of the Ethiopian woman he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman” – (Num.12:1). She sinned with the same racial prejudice we see in the U.S. today. Miriam was plagued by God with the skin leprosy for her white skin sin. It’s sin not skin – the inward, not the outward that God looks at. As it is written in (I Sam.16:7) “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” God wants a heart washed as white as snow in the blood of Christ, not a white skin. If you’re saved by the Lord Jesus then you’re made a member of His church. O, what kind of judgment day will these segregated preachers have because of their ‘all white churches,’ disobeying the basic command for all of Christ’s preachers – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” – (Mk.16:15). We are to preach to all people, every color, every kindred, every tongue, every nationality - all people. If you refuse to have blacks in your church you’re not fit to be a preacher.

 

   Though your sins have been as scarlet and crimson, yet upon your repentance and belief in the Lord Jesus, your sins shall be forgiven. Though your sins have been as scarlet and crimson, a double dye, a deep dye, first in the wool of original corruption and afterwards in the many threads of actual transgression – though we have been dipped by our many sins, and though we have lain long soaking in it, as the cloth does in the scarlet dye, yet God’s pardoning mercy will thoroughly cleanse the stain, and being by it purged with hyssop, we shall be clean – “….and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” – (1Jn.1:7). Amen and amen.

 

   God reproves His people through His prophet Jeremiah because they thought they could wash away their sins with lava soap – “For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God” – (Jer.2:22). How many times have people, after committing grievous sins, gone home and tried to wash away their sins with a bath or shower? It’s the same thing they try to do with water baptism, wash away their sins on the outside when the sins are in the heart, inward. God’s saved, sanctified saints are like the Nazarites – “her Nazarites were purer than snow” – (Lam.4:7).

 

   The washing must be done inwardly where the sin is – “ …their inward part is very wickedness” – (Ps.5:9). Jesus continually taught this truth – “And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he (Jesus) had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of wickedness” – (Lk.11:38,39). Jesus preached again to the religious hypocrites who put on a show outwardly, but inwardly are not saved and washed – “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly but are within full of dead man’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” – (Mt.23:27,28). And no hypocritical baptism of water outwardly can wash your sins away inwardly, only the baptism of the Holy Spirit can do that. And that’s also why all the “inwards” of the Old Testament sacrifices needed to be washed – (Lev.1:9,13).

 

   Self-righteous Job wrestled with this same thing – If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch. For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his band upon us both” – (Job 9:30-33). Well, that’s exactly what the Lord Jesus did, He became man – He became the mediator between God and man. He puts one hand in the hand of God and the other hand in our hand and brings us together – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” – (I Tim.2:5). And only He can wash you and make you whiter than snow – inwardly. Snow is not like a whited wall that is but white on the surface – it’s white all through. Notice ‘snow water’ as God teaches us that snow is frozen rain. Melted snow is a great source of water for a nation. Snow-covered Mt. Hermon is the source of the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River and much of Israel’s water supply. When the ‘two witnesses’ of (Rev.11) stop the rain on earth for 1260 days, will there be no dew or snow either?

 

   Christians enjoy being purified and washed white by Christ during salvation, but it describes being “tried” for our faith also. After the rapture, during the soon coming great tribulation, the saved saints will experience a great trial of faith as Antichrist persecutes them. He “makes war against them” – (Rev.13:7). And (Dan.12:10) says it this way “Many shall be purified, and made white and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand: but the wise shall understand.” Some of these saints shall fall and be martyred but it shall be for the good of the church. They are tried as silver in the furnace is refined from its dross; they are purged as wheat is winnowed from the chaff on the threshing floor (in fact tribulation means ‘a threshing floor’); they are made white as cloth by the fuller is cleansed from its spots. Many of these saints of understanding are martyred as God separates the saints from the aints as only the true saints will refuse the Mark of the Beast. “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried by fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” – (I Pet.1:7). Persecution cleanses and purges the church of impure sins.

 

   We all know that sin brings on a guilty conscience. God in His mercy wants to thoroughly cleanse your conscience. “How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” – (Heb.9:14). “…by the blood of Jesus… having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience…” – (Heb.9:19,22).

 

   Have your sins been washed away whiter than snow by Christ? Have you been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, the church? Have you been born again and become a new creature in Christ with a new heart, and a new Spirit and a new divine nature – a new man? If not, repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus in your heart by faith in truth and you will receive forgiveness of sins and you will pass from death unto eternal life in Christ. Like David you need – “A broken and a contrite heart” – (Ps.51:17).

 

  Anything whiter than snow must have the glory of God upon it. And so it is when the precious blood of Christ washes all our sins away. Our sin, which makes us dirty and unclean like a spiritual leper, becomes whiter than the whitest snow when we’re saved by Christ. One day we shall have a body like Christ’s, glorified, white, transfigured – (Mk.9:2,3 and Philip.3:21). And we’ll wear white raiment. If you’re not washed as pure as snow by Christ, you don’t stand a snowball’s chance at escaping hell. Don’t let the Devil deceive you with a snow job. Do not be snowed under by all the cares of life so that you neglect to be saved and born again.

 

Whiter Than Snow

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat

I wait, blessed Lord, at thy crucified feet;

By faith, for my cleansing, I see Thy blood flow,

Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow; now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

 

 

Beautiful Snow

 

In the early part of an American war, one dark Saturday morning, in the dead of winter, there died at the Commercial Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio [USA], a young woman, over whose head only two-and-twenty summers had passed [22 years]. She had once been possessed of an enviable share of beauty; had been as she herself said, "flattered and sought for the charms of her face," but alas! upon her fair brow had long been written that pitiable word: UNFORTUNATE!

Once the pride of respectable parentage, her first wrong step was the small beginning of the "same old story over again," which has been the life-history of thousands. Highly educated and accomplished in manner, she might have shone in the best society. But the evil hour that proved her ruin was but the door from childhood; and having spent a young life in disgrace and shame, the poor friendless one died the melancholy death of a broken-hearted outcast.

Among her personal effects was found, in manuscript, the "BEAUTIFUL SNOW," which was immediately carried to Enos B. Reed, a gentleman of culture and literary tastes, who was at that time editor of the National Union. In the columns of that paper, on the morning following the girl's death, the poem appeared for the first time. When the paper containing the poem came out on Sunday morning, the body of the victim had not yet received burial. The attention of Thomas Buchanan Read, one of the first American poets, was soon directed to the newly published lines, who was so taken with their stirring pathos, that he immediately followed the corpse to its final resting place. Such are the plain facts concerning her, who’s "Beautiful Snow" will be long regarded as one of the brightest gems in American literature.

Beautiful Snow

Unknown Author

 

Oh, the snow, the beautiful snow,

Filling the sky and earth below,

Over the housetops, over the street,

Over the heads of people you meet;    

   Dancing — Flirting — Skimming along

Beautiful snow! It can do no wrong;

Flying to kiss a fair lady's cheek,

Clinging to lips in frolicksome freak;

Beautiful snow from Heaven above,

Pure as an angel, gentle as love!

 

Oh! the snow, the beautiful snow,

How the flakes gather and laugh as they go

Whirling about in maddening fun;      

     Chasing — Laughing — Hurrying by,

It lights on the face and it sparkles the eye;

And the dogs with a bark and a bound

Snap at the crystals as they eddy around;

The town is alive, and its heart is aglow,

To welcome the coming of beautiful snow!

 

How wild the crowd goes swaying along,

Hailing each other with humor and song;

How the gay sleighs like meteors flash by,

Bright for a moment, then lost to the eye;        

     Ringing — Swinging — Dashing they go,

Over the crest of the beautiful snow;

Snow so pure when it falls from the sky,

As to make one regret to see it lie

To be trampled and tracked by thousands of feet

Till it blends with the filth in the horrible street.

 

Once I was pure as the snow, but I fell,

Fell like the snow flakes from Heaven to Hell;

Fell to be trampled as filth in the street,

Fell to be scoffed, to be spit on and beat;      

     Pleading   Cursing — Dreading to die,

Selling my soul to whoever would buy;

Dealing in shame for a morsel of bread,

Hating the living and fearing the dead,

Merciful God! have I fallen so low!

And yet I was once like the beautiful snow.

 

Once I was fair as the beautiful snow,

With an eye like a crystal, a heart like its glow;

Once I was loved for my innocent grace —

Flattered and sought for the charms of my face!                                                                                                                                    Fathers — Mothers — Sisters — all,

God and myself I have lost by my fall;

The veriest wretch that goes shivering by,

Will make a wide sweep lest I wander too nigh,

For all that is on or above me I know,

There is nothing so pure as the beautiful snow.

 

How strange it should be that this beautiful snow

Should fall on a sinner with nowhere to go!

How strange it should be when the night comes again

If the snow and the ice struck my desperate brain!    

     Fainting — Freezing — Dying — alone,

Too wicked for prayer, too weak for a moan

To be heard in the streets of the crazy town,

Gone mad in the joy of snow coming down;

To be and to die in my terrible woe,

With a bed and a shroud of the beautiful snow.

 

Helpless and foul as the trampled snow,

Sinner, despair not! Christ stoopeth low

To rescue the soul that is lost in sin,

And raise it to life and enjoyment again.          

    Groaning — Bleeding — Dying — for thee,

The Crucified One hung on the cursed tree!

His accents of mercy fall soft on thine ear,

"Is there mercy for me? Will He heed my weak prayer?"

Oh God! in the stream that for sinners did flow

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

                                                                                                                     The End

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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Tucson, AZ  85705

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