What is your first thought when snow falls for the first time each year? For many of us, our instinct is to rush outside and gather that fresh, pure snow; bring it inside, and add a little vanilla, milk, and sugar. If done correctly, the end result is a winter treat known as snow cream. If by chance, you are not familiar with snow cream, there is really only one hard and fast rule. Only purest snow will do. Just say no snow with spots or blemishes.
All throughout the Old Testament, people sought purity to be made clean as new snow. The psalmist pleaded to God, “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7) God’s people made sacrifices in an attempt to be right with Him. They would offer lambs, doves, or whatever the Law prescribed for their situation. The problem was that these offerings were only temporary. Because the animals were imperfect sacrifices, another sacrifice would soon be needed to cover new sins. A pure offering wasn’t avilable.
Fortunately, God always had a plan for the redemption of His people, and it involved a pure and perfect sacrifice. His Son. Christ was not just a precious baby. He was the Lamb without spot or blemish. He came to be the sacrifice once and for all because only the purest offering would suffice to make us right with God.
This Christmas, let’s remember why Jesus came and give our thanks to Him. The cradle was always about the cross. As we think about Jesus as a baby, let’s not be afraid to look ahead to His purpose in coming. Christ came because only the purest sacrifice would do.