The Candy Cane

As Christians, we don't worship symbols or icons. However, during this
holiday season, most of us will decorate our homes with candy canes. Most
of us have no idea what is behind the story of the candy cane. I think you
will find it interesting.

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a testimony
to Christ, so he made the candy cane.  He incorporated symbols for the
birth, ministry, and the death of Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. The white symbolizes the
sinless nature of Christ (IICorinthians 5:21) The hardness symbolizes the
fact that Jesus is the rock, the foundation of the church. It also
represents the firmness of God's promises which are made through Christ.

The candy maker from Indiana made the candy in the form of a  "J" to
represent the precious name of Jesus. In Hebrew, his name is Joshua, also
beginning with a "J". The name in both Covenants means 'Savior'. If the
"J" is turned upside down it looks like a shepherd's staff. Jesus is the
good Shepherd who looks after his sheep (John 10:14-18).

Thinking that the candy cane 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 (I Peter 2:24). The
large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we
could have eternal life.

The candy became known as a candy cane-often  a meaningless decoration
during the holidays. Every Sunday Christians commune to remember the
suffering and victory of Christ. I hope this divine act never loses its
meaning with us, as the candy makers candy has. Let us never forget what 
the emblems represent.

		JESUS is the Reason for the Season!

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