Let us ponder these words, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
I like this invitation to “come”! Imagine yourself in the place of an unwanted person. Perhaps you’ve lived a life in a gang. You’re weary of the lifestyle. You want out, but there’s so many “strings attached”! The members in the gang ridicule you and threaten you, and you find no acceptance with them. Yet, others know your history and give you a wide berth. Neither does your criminal record speak well of you. You’re one sorry mess! Your sins are “like scarlet…like crimson”! All around you is rejection, shame, and guilt. Perhaps you feel lonely, a little scared, and…oh so lost! Then…you hear a voice of quiet, comforting authority, saying, “Come.”
“Yes, but don’t you know who I am,” you respond? “Don’t you know all that I’ve done?”
“I do,” says the voice.
The Stranger’s arms are open wide! His eyes filled with compassion and love, and repeats in soft words, “Come now, let us reason together.” And then those amazing words of pure grace! “Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall become like wool.”