The Legend of the Candy Cane – A Candy maker’s Witness
A Candy maker’s Witness
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 earth as our Saviour. 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 sheep, have gone astray. Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received, by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ so that we could have the promise of eternal life. Unfortunately, the candy became known as the candy cane – a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who understand the meaning behind it and know the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came down at Christmas.
David M Peterson
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