“His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.”
Where I live, snow is uncommon. Its fluffy softness, whenever it does fall, is usually in the form of flurries, leaving us snow angel enthusiasts yearning for more. On those rare occasions when it actually sticks and becomes measurable, schools are closed and snowmen line countless lawns, as delighted children frolic and unsuspecting parents get pelted with white grenades.
Even though often unnoticed in regions where it falls frequently, snow has a magic all its own. It has a glistening uniqueness and a brilliant beauty that both captivates and inspires. That beauty emanates from its color, a white that exudes undefiled purity and cleanness.
Tainted By Sin
True to its definition, the Bible denotes white as bright light when describing color. However, when referring to matters of the heart, white is like snow and always symbolizes the absence of sin. To God, holiness is a thing of beauty.
When I think of the exquisite loveliness of snow and its connection with purity, I am even more amazed at the greatness of the redeeming blood of Christ. Our sins, which are scarlet red, must not only be white, they must be made whiter than snow. Unfortunately, what in the natural realm is whiter than snow?
I have a pet Maltese, which is white with only a few patches of champagne. Compared to snow, his white coat is murky. Clouds can have edges of gray. White sheets, soaked in bleach, still contain variations of hues. Brilliant white computer paper need only have one speck of lint to disqualify it. Even snow, though seemingly undefiled, is itself tainted by the pollutants of this world.
From Scarlet to White: God’s Redemption
That is what makes God’s grace so amazing. When we stand before God in heaven, there can be no sin found, not even a smidgen of scarlet permitted. Only the purity received by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus’ shed blood will render us whiter than snow, a white that no launderer on earth can reproduce. Since there is nothing in the natural that can exceed the whiteness of snow, we can rejoice because that means there is nothing we must do to earn our entrance into heaven. Only God can clothe us in robes of white with the kind of purity He requires.
In the transfiguration, Jesus gives us a glimpse of the robes we will one day wear because of Him. His glorious clothes, which are exceedingly white, He exchanged for earthly ones, in order to offer us the only hope of cleansing our tainted lives. Like snow gloriously covers the dirtiness of the earth, Jesus covers our sins and makes us clean and new. Born again, clothed in exceedingly white robes, our lives will forever sparkle like fresh fallen snow.
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”