Why Christmas Candy Canes??
To begin with, many of you are probably familiar with the story/legend behind the Christmas candy cane. I hope you will enjoy revisiting it. Also, I did share this with our ladies at church recently, so I hope you all will forgive me for repeating myself.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
“A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas candy cane. He incorporated several 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 the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the church, and the firmness of the promises of God.
The candy maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to this earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs, who like all we sheep, have gone astray.
Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used the three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the bled shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.
Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane – a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see, and ears to hear.” I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness to the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today.”
As you see, I love this story and I do hope it is true. It has been called a legend. Whether it is true or not, I hope that it will bring two things to mind:
- First, there are many things we can use as tools and opportunities to share the love of Jesus – even something so simple as a piece of hard candy.
- Second, may we do everything with the purpose and glory of Jesus Christ in
mind.Also, may we be so grateful to God for sending Jesus to save us from our sin.
May we keep Jesus at the center of Christmas and life this and every year.