A Candymaker's Witness
A candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would help people to remember Jesus Christ on Christmas. He made the Christmas candy cane. He used several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.
He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. White was a symbol of the virgin birth and the purity of Jesus' character. Hard was a symbol of the solid rock, the foundation of the Christian church, and firmness of the promises of God.
The candymaker made the candy in the shape of a "J." "J" represented the wonderful name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Saviour. "J" also represented the staff of the Good Shepherd. Jesus uses His staff to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift up the fallen lambs. We are compared to lambs that have gone astray.
The candymaker thought the candy was too plain, so he stained it with red stripes. He used three small red stripes to show the stripes of whipping Jesus received. His whipping healed us. He used a large red stripe for the blood Jesus bled on the cross. We may have the promise of eternal life because Jesus shed His blood.
Sad to say, that Christmas candy cane became known as a candy cane and its meaning has been forgotten. But the meaning is still there for people who have "have eyes to see and ears to hear." I pray that the symbol will again be used to witness to the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came down at Christmas.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember the true meaning of Christmas and Jesus Christ our Lord during this busy season. Amen.