A Candy Maker's Witness
A candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, 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 the sinless nature of Jesus, and "hard" to symbolize the Solid Rock ~ the foundation of the Church and the firmness of the promises of God.
The candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent 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 candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the strips of the 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, the candy has become known as the Candy Cane ~ a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But ... the meaning is still there for those who have "eyes to see and ears to hear."
I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness TO THE WONDER OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS GREAT LOVE that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominate force in the universe today!
~ author unknown ~