Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
If I know anything, I know my faults. They are many and they are real. The same is certainly true for each of us. None of us is without blemish. As human beings, we are by nature an imperfect people. To pretend to be otherwise is to be dishonest. This is not to say that we should constantly dwell upon our shortcomings, but it is definitely important for us to acknowledge the fact that we all make mistakes. To use the words of Paul, we all sin “and fall short of the glory of God.” This is something that we cannot escape.
At the same time, however, we are children of a loving, merciful, and forgiving God. Living in Christ means that we are people whose lives are being transformed to be something different from what we were before. Our God recognizes that we are finite and sin-stained, yet in response to this—as a result of our faith placed in Jesus Christ—he makes us clean. He truly washes us and makes us as white as snow. When we present ourselves before God, admitting our finitude and recognizing our failures, God acts in our lives to make us new. When we bring to him our crimson crimes, he makes us white as wool. We are so blessed to be the children of the only true God.
I pray that we experience great joy today as we share together in worshipping our great God. It is so good for us to be here.