The Candy Cane:
A Message About the Redeeming Power of Jesus Christ
|Welcome! You are most likely visiting us because you received our tract, "The Message of the Candy Cane," and are curious about our ministry. We are still working on this website, but you can read below about Kylen's inspiration for the tract, and you are invited to leave us a comment! May the Lord richly bless you in the coming year and always.|
The Legend of the Candy Cane
|Kylen remembers reading this book, from a young age, about a mysterious candy man, who opens up shop, and teaches kids in a small town about the meaning of Christmas and of the candy cane. This book was, in part, the inspiration behind Kylen writing a tract about the candy cane, to hand out in his neighborhood, just before Christmas, 2017.|
"The Legend of the Candy Cane" is currently not available at ChristianBook.com (though they are a great source for Christian reading materials), but you can look for it on Amazon.
The Message of the Candy Cane
|The candy cane is a beloved icon of the Christmas season. Many of us fondly remember happily licking one of these sugary treats at Grandma's house, or perhaps while watching a favorite Christmas movie. But candy canes are not merely another tasty sweet; they carry a powerful message which is meant to be shared with the world. It is a tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption; a tale of One Who was so much more than a man, Who laid down His life to save us from ourselves.|
The crook symbolizes the shepherds to whom the glad tidings of Jesus' birth were first delivered. An angel from God told them that the Savior of the world had been born. These shepherds left their flocks and sought out the baby Jesus. When they knew that the Son of God was indeed come, they joyfully proclaimed the news everywhere, spreading the word about the long-awaited Messiah.
The color white represents His purity. While He was on earth, Jesus lived a perfect life. No sin was found in Him, from the moment He was born until his ascension into Heaven. He performed many miracles and taught people to love their enemies and pray for their persecutors. Jesus' life was one of self-sacrifice and mercy, teaching people how to serve God, and healing the sick.
The color red reminds us of the blood which Jesus shed when He was tortured and killed. Scourged and mocked, He hung nailed to a cross and slowly bled to death. As His life drained away, He prayed to His heavenly Father and asked that His murderers be forgiven. After hours of suffering, Jesus cried aloud and died.
Since the beginning of time, mankind has borne a terrible curse. We have sinned time and again, insulting and rejecting the One who created us. One day, every human being will stand before God, and He will judge us for the sins we committed against Him. We have no alibi, and all the evidence is against us. The jury has delivered the "guilty" verdict, and an eternity of suffering awaits us in Hell.
There is, however, good news! You see, Jesus didn't stay buried in that tomb. Death itself was unraveled, and He is alive again! Before the gavel falls, Jesus can step in and pay our debt. If we believe on Him, repent of our wrongdoings, and follow God, He will accept us as His own sons and daughters. He wants us to live with Him in Heaven for all of eternity, but we must be willing to let Him change our lives for the better. He has promised that His Spirit will guide us and help us to do what is right. No sin is too great for Him to forgive; no person is too broken for Him to fix. Trust in Jesus, and your life will change for the better.
Never forget the message of the candy cane, and never forget the love that God has for you! May you have a very merry Christmas and a truly blessed New Year!
The Reason for the Season
|"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) [, to] be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.|
"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child." - Luke 2:1-17 (KJV)
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