The Candy Cane
Look at the Candy Cane
Tell us what you see.
Stripes that are red
Like the blood He shed for me.
White is for my Savior
Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for Jesus, my Lord,
God in flesh, be assured!
Turn that "J" around,
A shepherd's staff's in view.
Jesus, our Good Shepherd,
Was born for me and you!
Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a
candy at Christmas time that would serve as a witness
to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several
symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus. He
began with a stick of pure white hard candy; white to
symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of
Jesus; hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation
of the church; firmness to represent the promise of God.
The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J"
to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as
our Savior. He thought it could also represent the staff
of the Good Shepherd with which he reached 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 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. 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 became a meaningless
decoration for most, but the true meaning is still there
for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, to you
and those to whom you pass this story. Let us use it to
get the attention again of those who saw the movie
The Passion of the Christ who can never fully forget the
blows of the whip Jesus took on our account.