This weekend it snowed here in Pittsburgh, PA! Although since the calendar says “November” and I should expect the white stuff to fall eventually, after a very mild fall the abrupt change in weather is difficult to take.
It snows in Israel. Some people don’t know this. It actually snows so much up on the northern border that there is a ski resort on the slopes of Mt. Hermon. You say, ‘No way!’ Actually, for 6-8 weeks a year (depending on the snow amount), Israelis enjoy skiing on the highest mountain in the country. The top elevation on the Israeli side of the mountain is 7,200 feet! On summer tours I lead, we ride the chair-lift up to the top and then walk back down on the hiking trail!
It also snows a few times a year in Jerusalem. It may be only a few times. However, since Jerusalem is around 2,800 feet above sea level, a wet snow often falls each year.
It reminds me of what the prophet Isaiah once said, “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).” I really like what Mary Fairchild said about sin and God’s forgiveness, “Before we accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, sin defiled us with the blood-red blot of death. But the active ingredients in God’s wonderful forgiveness are better than extra strength strain removers—they are powerful enough to erase the darkest filth you can wallow in. Poured over your sin, Christ’s cleansing, pardoning fountain of forgiveness washes us whiter than snow (Christianity Today).”
So depending where you live, there’s a good chance you’ll see snow this winter. Even Jerusalem may get some! When it does snow, celebrate God’s grace and forgiveness! Because of God’s grace, our sins can be whiter than snow!