Iberis, or candytuft, I saw growing on a Welsh hillslope this spring. The name comes from Candia, the former name of Iraklion on the island of Crete. In floriography, which is defined as the language of flowers, candytuft symbolises indifference. Indifference is to be unmoved and unconcerned; the issue in question is irrelevant, insignificant and unworthy. This is how most unbelievers view the gospel. Although some become angry and scathing, and others will respond and accept, the vast majority respond not at all. They are indifferent.

“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?” asks Lamentations 1:12, prophetically describing the crowds at Christ’s passion. Yet they who ignore and snub Christ Jesus today shall be judged and rejected by Him at His appearing. What a dreadful day that will be. Awake from your slumber and seek Him; shake off your indifference and find Him. 

All ye that pass by,

To Jesus draw nigh:

To you it is nothing that Jesus should die?

Your ransom and peace,

Your surety He is;

Come, see if there ever was sorrow like His.

-Charles Wesley