The Candy Cane
Many years ago, an Indiana candymaker had a desire to create a symbol of the true meaning of Christmas. So he made the “Candy Cane”. As a Christian, he incorporated several symbols of Christ’s birth, ministry and death.
He began with a stock of pure, white hard candy. The white symbolized the Virgin Birth and sinless nature of Jesus. The hardness was for the foundation of the church, and the promises of God.
The candymaker made the candy in the form of a `J’ to represent the 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 ditches to lift out fallen lambs, which like all sheep have gone astray.
Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small ones to show the stripes of scourging Jesus received, by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.
Unfortunately, over time it became known as just the candy cane--a meaningless decoration at Christmas time-- but the meaning is still there for those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear”.