A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness for Jesus, 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 sinless nature of Jesus. The hardness of the candy was used to to symbolize the Solid Rock, the Foundation of the Church and firmness of the promises of God.
The candy maker made this candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It also represents 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 flogging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ at the cross so we could have the promise of eternal life.
Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane — a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. However, the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.”
I pray that this symbol with again be used to witness to the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominate force in the universe today.
Keep Christ in Christmas, and remember:
He’s the real reason for the season!