Devotional Readings

The Greatest Discovery

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 1:18)

Sir James Simpson, the celebrated Scotch surgeon and scientist who was one of the pioneers in the medical use of anesthetics, was once asked by a young man what he considered his greatest discovery. His simple reply was, “My greatest discovery was that I am a sinner, but that Jesus is a great Saviour.”

God wants to reason with us about our sins, and this He does in today’s promise–God’s promise to everybody, for “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). It is a matter of life and death, “for the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

Here is God’s promise that when we meet the conditions our sins “as scarlet . . . shall be as white as snow.” That means forgiveness, cleansing, a new life out of death. But we must admit our need by coming to Christ. He came to do the will and work of God on earth, and He says: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). These are His wonderful words to us. Shall we not come to Him? You see, that is our part of it. We must make the decision. Why not come to Him now? He says Now–“Come now.” Tomorrow never comes. Anything that we ever do will be done now. We live in the path of a point, and that point is now. “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

It is said that if one looks at a red rose through a piece of scarlet glass the rose will look white. When God looks at our sins, “red like crimson,” through the atoning sacrifice of the cross, they appear “as white as snow.” And this is the reason: “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

MEDITATION PRAYER: “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin” (Psalm 85:2).

from The Promises of God
H.M.S. Richards | Review & Herald (2004)
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