December 21st Christmas Candy Cane Have you ever heard the legend of the candy cane? Last night at our Christmas party, I witnessed one of the most intense games of charades that I have ever seen!! The final word in the basket was “Candy Cane.” Ironically, that was also the prize for the winning team! Before handing them out, I briefly shared this story...
Once upon a time, an Indiana candy-maker decided to create a new kind of candy... a candy that would hold more significance than just being a sweet treat. He wanted his latest creation to somehow witness to his Christian faith. So what did He do? The candy-maker began with a stick of pure, white, hard candy–white to symbolize Jesus’ virgin birth and sinless life. The hard candy is to symbolize the firmness of the promises of God, the Rock of our salvation.
"[you are] redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God." (I Pet. 1:19) "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Is. 1:18) "He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken." (Ps. 62:2)
The candy-maker formed his candy into the shape of a “J” to represent both the precious name of Jesus and the staff used by the Good Shepherd. "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow..." (Phil. 2:9) "...I [Jesus] am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep." (Jn. 10:11)
Thinking this candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker decorated it with red stripes. The original candy cane was made with three small stripes to symbolize the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe stood for Christ's shed blood on the cross, so that we could have eternal life.
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his stripes we are healed.” (Is. 53:5) "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 5:8)
What great hope we have received... this is the reason we celebrate! I pray after reading this beautiful story that you never look at a candy cane the same again. Merry Christmas!!