O Taste and See that the Lord is Good

The following information is not from Chris Woodward and or One Million Dads. Now that I have the legal disclaimer out of the way, there is a Christmas story to share with others about candy canes. To be more specific, the traditional red-and-white candy canes.

You can look at the red in a candy cane and remember the blood Jesus shed on the cross for all mankind. In the Old Testament, a blood sacrifice was required to make atonement:

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11)

All men are sinners, and the wages of sin is death (Psalm 51:5, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, 6:23a). In other words, we are all sinners and our sins will keep up from going to Heaven. But thanks be to God, for the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23b).

Think about this for a moment. What do people give to others at Christmas time? Gifts, right? Jesus is our gift from God:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

That same Jesus died for us, even while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). And whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

Take a moment now and look at the white in the candy cane. The white represents purity. When people represent and ask Jesus to forgive them and be their Lord and Savior, they become clean or pure.

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7)

We often sing a hymn that talks about being saved, saying I’ve been washed in the blood of Jesus, I’ve been born again. Another song asks Are you washed in the blood, in the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are your arguments spotless, are they white as snow, are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you saved? Have you trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? You can get that settled today. Meanwhile, saved people can make sure that other people, lost people, hear the Gospel. Give them a tract. Invite them to church. Pass out candy canes and share this message. It’s a sweet treat and a sweet way to share God’s mercy, love, and grace. Oh, and one more thing about the candy cane. It’s shaped like the stick or staff that a shepherd might use. Jesus also has that covered.

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”
(John 10:11)

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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