Summary: This is children’s sermon was delivered during Advent 2008.

Children’s Sermon:

“The Story of the Candy Cane”

Good morning everyone! I am glad you were able to join us today. This is the fourth week of Advent and the Sunday before Christmas. Are you ready for Christmas!? Me too.

This year we are using our five senses as the theme for our Advent services, “A Sense of Christmas.” So far we have looked at smell and sound. Today we will look at “A Taste of Christmas.” And I thought, since we are talking about “taste” I would talk about something that tastes REAL good … CANDY CANES!!!!!!

There is a story about how the Candy Cane was created. One version goes like this:

A Candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would help us remember who Christmas is really about. So he made a Christmas Candy Cane. He used many symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy.

 White to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus.

 Hard candy to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a cane because it represented the staff of the "Good Shepherd".

 If you turn it upside down it becomes a "J" to represent the name of Jesus.

The candy maker then included red stripes.

 He used three small stripes to represent that pain Jesus suffered as he took our place and suffered for our sins.

 The large red stripe represents the blood he shed for us on the cross.

Sometimes the meaning of Christmas fades. But the candy cane can help us remember how much Jesus loves us and why he came to earth at Christmastime.

Psalm 34:8, “8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Let’s pray together.

This Children’s Sermon is provided by Dr. Kenneth Pell

Potsdam Church of the Nazarene

Potsdam, New York

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