Monday, December 12, 2022 The wonderful Candy Cane story in this Christmas season!
This is one of my favorite stories. I hope you love it as much as I do.
There was a candy maker who decided to use his talents to make a special candy to honor Jesus, so he designed the first candy cane.
First, he used a hard candy because Christ is the rock of ages. The candy was shaped so that when held upright, it’s the shape of the shepherd’s staff which the shepherd uses as he watches over the sheep. Jesus is our shepherd. When the candy cane is turned upside down, it becomes the letter J for Jesus.
He made it white to represent the purity of Christ. The red stripe represents the blood Christ shed to wash away our sins and make us pure and white as snow. One bold stripe represents our belief in one God who is the Father of us all. The three fine stripes represent the Trinity, One God who has revealed Himself in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The flavor of the candy cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice. Jesus is the pure Lamb of God who came to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
There are many candy canes in stores today made with different colors, but they are not true candy canes unless they are red and white and have one bold stripe and three fine stripes. So, the next time you see a candy cane, hear the sermon it preaches; Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd is the sinless rock of ages who suffered and died for our sins. Praise God!!!