December 23, 2022 – Friday
Matthew 28:3 NIV
3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
Mark 9:3 KJV
3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
Revelation 1:14 NIV
14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
Today in Beavercreek, Ohio we had our first day of snow – real snow – and very cold temperatures. Started out at -6 degrees Fahrenheit with winds making it feel like -33 degrees. Cold! Currently at -1 degree. Had to shovel out our driveway earlier and even with double gloves on, my fingertips got so cold they felt like they were on fire.
But enough of that, did you know there are only 2 or 3 references to snow in the New Testament depending on the version you use? All versions have snow in Matthew 28:3, but only a dozen or so have snow as in Mark 9:3. And again all versions, but one, have snow in Revelation 1:14.
Look at all three verses above, they all refer to the color of snow or to snow as a color – white without calling it white. I think we can all relate to this if we live in an area that has ever had a fresh snowfall. There is something new, pristine, and amazingly white about a fresh snowfall in the dawn of morning. This may continue throughout the day if it is cold enough and there is little or no traffic or industry to start sullying the color.
In Matthew 28:3 the verse is describing the clothes of an angel of the Lord who had rolled back stone where Jesus had been entombed. In Mark 9:3 the verse is about the transfiguration of Christ where not only is He changed (transfigured) but so are His clothes. Then in Revelation 1:14 we have a description of Jesus as He will appear when He returns.
Surprisingly snow is not white. Instead, snow is translucent — or clear — since it’s made up of ice crystals. However, because of how those clear crystals reflect light, snow appears white to the human eye. Snow reflects light or changes the direction in which light shines. Light is essentially “bounced back” when it shines on snow. The sun and snow: the unique way in which snow reflect light causes it look so white. Thus, when the sun is shining, snow can look especially white and bright. It can be so bright as to cause snow blindness, aka photokeratitis, which is akin to sunburn for the eyes.
Bottom Line: When we see fresh fallen snow, we are looking at something white, pure white as it fully reflects the light that illuminates it.
Prayer: Almighty God, The use of snow in Your word in the New Testament shows it to be of a pure color and a color so bright it can damage the eyes if looked upon too long. Thus while we seek You, we cannot look upon You too long. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton