A candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would remind people of the true meaning of Christmas so he made the candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy White symbolizes 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 shaped his cane into the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to the earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd" with which He reaches down to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone stray.
Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received. 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 known as a 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." Every time you see a Candy Cane, remember the Wonder of Jesus and His Great Love that came down at Christmas, and that His Love remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today.
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