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Though Your Sins Are Like Scarlet

It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that the God of the universe, Creator of heaven and earth, invites me/us to talk things over with Him.  And yet in Isaiah 1:18 we read “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.”

The first time I saw this scripture, it grabbed hold of me immediately.  Wow!  Is He actually inviting me to sort things out with Him?  Seriously?  Like one on one?  Me and God?  I picture myself sitting down with Him in my living room, on my comfy ash green microfiber couch and having an actual conversation. A smile is bubbling up inside of me.  Can you picture it?  Sounds pretty improbable doesn’t it?  Yet there it is, in black and white, in His Word.  look it up yourself if you doubt me.

Getting together with a trusted friend for lunch or coffee at a local gathering spot, surrounded by other social seeking humans, is a really fun thing for me to do.  We eat pizza, burgers, or pancakes, drink lattes, cokes or shakes as we share tidbits of our lives with each other and attempt in some small way to make a difference in our tiny slice of the world.  We compare opinions about frighteningly volatile world affairs, formidably painful family challenges and usually a story or two about soon to be forgotten trivia.  Remember Seinfield, the show about nothing?  Kind of like that.

But this is God, Jehovah, Elohim, Who calls Himself “I Am”.  He doesn’t have skin like me.  I can’t see Him, touch Him, hear His voice.  So how do I respond to His suggestion that we “reason together?”  To paraphrase His Words, my sins are like scarlet.  He, however, is holy, sinless.   How do we accomplish this unlikely task, He and I?   Then I remember.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5) .

John 1:18 No man hath seen GOD at any time, the only begotten SON, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.

There I have it.  He built a bridge in the form of another man, a sinless man, One who walked this earth, sat down with others like me and shared our humanity.  He broke bread with us, drank water and wine with us, listened intently to us, wept with us and responded with understanding  and compassion.  Who else in history ever traveled as far as He did to reach us, gave up his divine privileges and asked nothing except that we accept His selfless act of dying a sinless, undeserved, cruel death for our sinfulness?  All so we could enjoy unencumbered fellowship with His Father and ours.

What a great bargain.  Has there ever been a better “Let’s Make A Deal” in history?  None that I’m aware of.  We don’t even have to make a choice between “Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3.  We get one open door to walk through and behind that door is treasure unimaginable.  We can’t begin to put a price tag on it.  One million?  Two billion?  Nope.  Priceless.   No guess work.

Think about it.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit long ago reasoned it out for us, before we were even conceived.  Our part is simply to reach out and embrace that incredible offer.  I’m so grateful I recognized a good thing when I heard it and answered that amazing call.

Have you?  If not, what is your reason for holding back?

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  1. Loved your post immensely! You pointed out the most important transaction that took effect between ourselves and God by means of making it happen through Jesus. The One who chose to take that journey from His throne in Heaven to this earth so that He could and would pave the only way back to the Father for us so we can choose to get onboard and make that journey as well to the Father’s house.
    In the meantime, as we are living in this world, heading towards our final destination, He invites us to come reason together with Him before we reach the end of our life on earth. How wonderful our God is!
    He didn’t abandon us just because our former parents Adam and Eve abandoned Him through disobedience.
    The scriptures gives us so many reasons to love Him back. This article shows His love and compassion for every one to be made whole by making Himself available.
    A powerful message. Thank you.

    • Thank you Cora for your feedback. It really means so much to me to read that you are being blessed by something the Lord put it on my heart to write.

  2. Hello Janene,
    I keep forgetting to tell you I love that “pup” for your name. He’s beautiful!
    And now, thanks for your post about truth and the reality of who God is.
    Who and what He has done for us, and how amazing He is.
    You’ve summed it up in a profound and engaging post.
    Thank you.
    Have a blessed day.

  3. Wow! What a lot of insight God gave you from that one six-word verse. Thanks for your article.

  4. Awww, that was our little Pomeranian Chewy, so named because she chewed on anything she could sink her little teeth into. She was really adorable and my daughter added the glasses and quickly snapped the photo. And thank you for your kind feedback on my short story as well. It warms my heart.

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