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Candy Cane Christmas
By Ed Young
December 20, 2015
Our world is fascinated with sweets. From children to adults, everyone has a little sweet tooth in them. But candy has such a temporary satisfaction to it. How often do we savor the taste of something truly special; something sweet that lasts?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young helps us experience the sweetest time of the year like we never have before. And this Christmas, we discover the lasting joy that only comes when we “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Anybody ever played Candy Land before? The board game, Candy Land. I’m not a big board game guy but I love Candy Land. I just love it. It’s simple, colorful. It’s fun. It brings out a lot of emotion. I used to play it with our kids. We would have all of this drama and trauma. Candy Land. The story line, you might not know this, is you’re finding King Candy. You simply draw cards, the cards tell you what to do. If you’re the first one there you find King Candy. Well, the kids used to really get upset if they would draw a card that said Molasses Swamp. You get stuck back in the day in Molasses Swamp. And you couldn’t get out unless you drew a particular card with a particular color. Now, though, I hear Candy Land, I read this as I researched it, has gone totally politically correct. I don't know what has happened but in Molasses Swamp, you get stuck there, all you do now is you lose your turn because everybody’s supposed to be a winner. Anyway, Candy Land.
I love candy. Anyone here like candy? I just love it. I have had the opportunity to travel a lot and I’ve never seen a culture that doesn’t have some sort of sweets. Candy. We love candy. I saw online that the average American consumes 25 pounds of candy a year. You know it’s true because it’s on the world wide web. That’s a lot of candy, a lot of candy. Kids want to get candy. Even adults, we like to get candy. There’s something great about that sweetness. Our taste buds crave it. Candy, candy, I want some candy. What’s your favorite candy? Well, I can’t ask each and every one of you that but my favorite candy, if you really care, the Kit-Kat bar. I love the Kit-Kat bar. It’s just good and you know, the combination of everything, it just goes together.
Have you ever thought about how much time, how much energy and effort the candy makers spend on packaging and wrapping and the taste of the preservatives of the chocolate and the salt? Because they know if we eat that candy it’s like, whoa! I want to come back for more and more and more. Get candy, get candy, get candy, candy, candy, candy, get candy! Well today, I am beginning a series called Candy Cane Christmas. That’s right, Candy Cane Christmas. Part 1 is today. Part 2 will be Christmas Eve.
December 24, 2015
Christmas is one of the most candy-centric times of the year. From smooth milk chocolate to hard coated pieces, more candy will be consumed during this time of year than almost any other. Yet, of all the candy bought, sold, and eaten this time of year, the unquestioned king is the candy cane.
In this special Christmas Eve message, Pastor Ed Young unwraps the imagery of the candy cane. As we look at the many aspects of the candy cane, we come to realize that what it is truly pointing us toward is more than the king of candy – it’s showing us the way to experience life with the King of kings, Jesus Christ!
Well, Merry Christmas to everyone! I think it’s kind of an obvious point to say that we all love candy, don’t you? Everybody loves candy and that’s why we decided to call this Christmas experience a Candy Cane Christmas. There’s no doubt about it, the candy cane is the king of all candy over the Christmas holidays. Over 2 billion candy canes are sold during the four weeks of the Christmas holidays. That’s a lot of cane, man. That’s some serious, serious candy. Moreover, I read this on the world wide web, you know it’s true, the largest candy cane in the history of the world, 51 feet long. Again, that’s a giant candy cane. But we love candy. I mean, I like candy cane. I don't know if I love candy cane, but I like candy cane. What’s your favorite candy? Don’t blurt it out. Mine is, not that you care but I’ll tell you, mine is the ubiquitous Kit-Kat bar. I love Kit-Kat. Sometimes if I’m feeling stressed out now and then I will have a feeding frenzy like a bunch of sharks. I’ll just tear up some candy. Everybody likes candy. In my travels I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling. I’ve never seen a culture that doesn’t like candy. I also found out the average American eats (this is sad but it’s true) 24 pounds of candy a year. Whoa! Man, you’re talking about a sugar high! Whoa!
Well, I thought I’d do a candy test for everyone here because the candy makers, these people are very creative. They know how to get the right combination of salt and sugar and preservatives to keep us coming back. They know how to have these catchy, pithy sayings. They know how to use the different colors on the wrappers to say, whoa! I want some candy! So I’m gonna see how good you are.
In this series, Pastor Ed Young helps us experience the sweetest time of the year like we never have before. And this Christmas, we discover the lasting joy that only comes when we “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”