Whiter Than Snow – A Celebration Of God’s Mercy & Grace

Nothing is quite as pristine as a new blanket of snow covering the ground. Many look at it in awe. It brings calm as the flakes fall gently from the sky. It’s clean and pure. 

The Bible talks about “whiter than snow”, and James Nicholson wrote an old hymn about it in the late 1800s. 

Both the Bible and the hymn carry timeless truths about our need to be Whiter than snow.  

What does the Bible say about being white as snow?

What does snow symbolize Biblically? It represents purity and cleanness. Consider these scriptures:

“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 (NIV)

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 (NIV)

Many other Scriptures express the same thoughts without using the same terminology.

What does the hymn say about being whiter than snow? 

This hymn which is in the public domain has been sung by probably millions of people. It has been played in the handbell world probably thousands of times. Here are the words.

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul,
Break down every idol, cast out every foe;
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice;
I give up myself, and whatever I know,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait,
Come now, and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee, Thou never saidst “No,”
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. (1)

Why we need God’s mercy to be whiter than snow

​Mercy is not getting what we deserve. It’s like having a traffic ticket canceled even though we broke the law. But breaking God’s law carries a much greater penalty. 

We could never earn the forgiveness of our lawlessness. So God set aside the penalty that should be ours. But there is more to it. Mercy goes hand in hand with Grace. 

Why we need God’s Grace to be whiter than snow 

As humans, we like to be in control and earn our own way. We don’t seem to realize that we are not capable in any way of earning God’s forgiveness.  

We are totally dependent on God to be whiter than snow. And thus comes Grace – God’s riches at Christ’s expense. 

Jesus paid our penalty in full. On the cross, He said, “It is finished”, an accounting term. We owe nothing. Our salvation is free to us, but it cost Jesus His own blood. 

Jesus Christ is our only hope to be forgiven, and it is because of HIs steadfast love for us. 

Whiter than snow – a Bible reading plan

In order to understand God’s abundant mercy and grace, you can download a free Bible reading plan on this topic. It gives you Scriptures to read for each day of the month. It also includes important lessons learned along with practical applications.

With the “Whiter Than Snow” Bible reading plan you will see yourself clearly, and appreciate our great Savior.  Here is the link.

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