Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7
All the time their are complaints about how it is always in the 50’s in Wilmington at Christmas. We have not had a white Christmas in Wilmington for 20 years. But I’d like to take a little bit of time to look at some snow this Christmas morning.
The words at the top of this post are in the midst of a lament of repentance by David in Psalm 51. David confesses his sins in verses 1-5 and gives praise to God for some his attributes in verse 6. Then we get to verse 7 and he says God can purge him of his sins and make him white as snow. Snow is often a symbol of purity and that is what David is talking about here.
For those who are in Christ Jesus, every Christmas is a white Christmas. Jesus came in the flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory. Christmas really is about the cross. Contrary to Ricky Bobby theology, the Christ child did grow up. He went to the cross and bore the sins of all who would ever believe and took upon his shoulders the wrath of God for sin. Through the blood of the grown Christ child born in Bethlehem about 2000 years ago, you and I can have a white Christmas. John in his first epistle penned, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus’ blood is our hyssop that washes us immaculate before God like no lye of self-righteousness could ever attempt to do. To borrow from the hymn writer, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus”
The cross of Christ makes for a ‘White Christmas’.