Of all my flowers in my flower beds, none thrills me more than my mini rose bush. I think it’s because it reminds me of a wonderful verse found in Isaiah, chapter 1, verse 18.
“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.”
Isaiah chose (with the Holy Spirit’s leading) to use the word scarlet (for a reason) to describe the sins of the people he was writing to. Scarlet in those days described a bright red dye obtained from the eggs of a small insect. People would double dye clothes with this bright red color and it was permanently fixed. No washing; nothing would make it come out.
What a way to describe sin! There is nothing we can do to get rid of the sin in our lives and yet Isaiah wrote,
“Our sins shall be white as snow.”
So, how can this be? Jesus is the only answer. Again scripture says:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
So when we confess to God that we are a sinner, and believe in our heart that Jesus died for our sins, and ask Him to forgive us and come into our life and be our Savior, He cleanses us (our sins are white as snow!). We become His child and heaven is our promised home one day.
My little rose is a precious reminder to me of the wonderful gift of salvation that I received way back in 1967. What about you? Do you remember the time you became a child of God? or do you need to do this today? It’s the most important decision you will ever make. It will determine where you will spend eternity.
Let the scarlet rose speak to your heart today!