February 20, 2014

The winter of 2013-2014 is proving itself to be one of the snowiest on record in Northeast Ohio. Salt supplies are dangerously low and cities across the region are exploring new options to keep roads safe. Reports show that as of mid-February, Ohio used 880,000 tons of salt on the roads. Schools have used all their calamity days and the state government is considering adding days. Utility bills have skyrocketed, even after lowering the thermostats! People are weary of cold and snow.  With the harsh winter, there is one business that is very busy: snow removal.

We see huge, once-white-now-filthy mountains of snow around the edges of every parking lot. Snow removal crews don’t really remove this bothersome element; they simply try to get it out of the way so life can go on. It gets ugly. Long after the ground is bare, these dirty mountains stand as monuments to the harshness of winter.

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Snow isn’t really removed; it’s just pushed out of the way.

Psalm 103 is rich with descriptions of God’s character and work. In verse 12 we read: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” The Psalmist is referring to “sin removal”. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29) If you haven’t had your sins removed by Jesus, today – right now – you have the opportunity to take that step by faith and call on Him for forgiveness. He really does remove sin! Christ followers can testify that Jesus doesn’t simply shove our sins out of the way so we can get on with life. He doesn’t pile them up and let them get ugly; they don’t remain an eyesore that stands as a monument to our foolishness, reminding us – and others – how awful our sins really were. Our sins are removed!

Where would we be without “sin removal”? Praise God today for this truth: Through faith in Jesus, our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west. They are GONE!

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