“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” ~ Isaiah 1:18, ESV
Reason: an explanation that is concluded through logical justification.
When speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ and His resurrection, many people believe there must be some other justifiable cause of His rise on the third day than a godly miracle. Just one example of these explanations is that Jesus was drugged via the wine-soaked sponge while on the cross. The reasoning behind this hypothesis is that the drug in the wine intensely slowed His heart rate, making Him appear dead.
However, it is rather farfetched to believe such a notion; come, let us reason together in faith. The crucifixion was a terrible, painful way to die. The society of the time knew the process exactly, and knew that death occurred on the cross. After Jesus’ death, which many people witnessed, Hist disciples took Him to a tomb and treated his body before its burial. Through all of this, at least one of the people who handled the body of Jesus would have noticed that it was not cold as a dead body would be or that it did not become rigid and inflexible.
Of course, who’s to say that Jesus’ body actually became cold and rigid? We merely go by what the laws of nature provide for us: corpses become cold, hard, and inflexible. Here, we merely reason that Jesus truly died on the cross because, logically, someone handling the body would have noticed otherwise.
Onward to further reason. The second part of today’s scripture deals with the forgiveness of sins. Let us reason together:
Jesus’ blood was sinless blood. Until Jesus’ blood hit the ground as a sacrifice, those of the Old Testament shed the blood of animals as a sacrifice. This blood was, like all other sentient creations, imperfect and tainted with sin in some way; therefore, in order to be cleansed of sin, more and more imperfect blood was shed. Seeing the need for a better solution, God intended for His own sinless blood to be shed, forgiving sin once and for all, past, present, and future.
Our final, reasonable conclusion is this– Jesus died on the cross. His sinless blood splashed upon the ground as a sacrifice. This sinless sacrifice ended the cycle of sin/sacrifice/repeat, washing away all of our sinful, bloody stains and making our soul as white as snow through His own love.