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Jesus Is Our Shepherd – As Seen Through The Candy Cane

on August 26, 2012

Jesus Is Our Shepherd – As Seen Through The Candy Cane

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:25

Life Application: Jesus  provides for all our needs, and He protects and watches over us.

 

A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he came up with the idea of a red and white candy cane. He incorporated several aspects of Jesus‘ life: the birth, the ministry, and the death of Jesus. The candy maker began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White symbolize the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus.

Matthew 1:23  NKJV     ““Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 

1 Peter 2:22  NKJV    ““Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”

     The candy was made hard to symbolize that Jesus is the solid rock, the corner stone, and  the foundation of the church.

Psalm 118:22  NKJV     “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.” 

     The candy was made in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior.

Luke 1:31  NKJV     “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.” 

Acts 4:12  NKJV     “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

     The shape of the candy also represents a shepherd staff. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He wisely and tenderly provides for all our needs. He also protects and watches over us. Like a shepherd, reaching down with his staff, He reaches down into the low and dangerous places of this world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep have gone astray.

Isaiah 53:6  NKJV     “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” 

     The candy was stained with red stripes. Three small stripes were used to show the trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three small strips also represented the stripes of the scourging Jesus receives by which we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5  NKJV     “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

 1 Peter 2:24-25  NKJV     “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

     The large red stripe was for the blood Jesus shed on the cross so that we can have eternal life.

1 Corinthians 15:3  NKJV     “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” 

2 Corinthians 5:21  NKJV    “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”

  Romans 5:8  NKJV     “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

     Over time this candy became known as the candy cane – for many,  a meaningless decoration at Christmas time. However, the meaning is still true. God loved us so much that He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to become our sin offering.

John 3:16-17  NKJV     “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” 

2 Peter 3:9  NKJV     “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all shiukd come to repentance.”

Review

1. What aspects of Jesus’ life s were incorporated into the candy cane?

3. According to Matthew 1:23, what does the name Immanuel mean?

4. The candy was made hard to symbolize that Jesus is the solid rock, the corner stone, and the ____________________ of the church.

5. What does the word foundation mean?

6. Why was the candy made into a “J” shape?

7. According to Acts 4:12, in whose name is salvation available?

8. Jesus wisely and tenderly ____________________________ for all our needs.

9. Like a shepherd, reaching down with his staff, Jesus reaches down to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep have gone ___________________________.

10. What does Isaiah 53:6 mean?

11. These three small strips represented the stripes of the scourging Jesus receives by which we are _________________.

12. The large red stripe was for the _______________________________ Jesus shed on the cross so that we can have eternal life.

13. According to Romans 5:8, when did God show His love toward us?

14. God loved us so much that He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to become our sin _________________________.

15. What does longsuffering or patience mean?

16. Read 2 Peter 3:9. Why is God longsuffering?

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