As you read this, my grandchildren will be gone, the sheets and towels in the washer, and decorations packed away along with the memories of Christmas 2018.
When I put the last candy canes in the box, I couldn’t help thinking about the legend of the candy cane. You haven’t heard it? Or maybe you’ve heard only parts of it? Perhaps you would enjoy this one last reminder of “the reason for the season.”
THE LEGEND OF THE CANDY CANE
A humble candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a special gift for the King of Kings, 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 hard candy to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Christ,
hard, because the church is built on solid rock,
firm, because God’s promises are a firm foundation.
He formed it in the shape the the letter-J
to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior.
When turned upside down, the “J” 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.
Then, He added three small stripes to represent the scourging Jesus suffered before He went to the cross.
One large red stripe would remind those with eyes to see and ears to hear of the blood He shed that we might have the promise of eternal life.
It would be a gift of love that would tell His story—
the greatest story ever told!
As we look toward the new year, the old story is never outdated. We must tell it again and again through candy canes, visuals, stories, or whatever creative means we can find.
For the wages of sin is death [spiritual death], but the gift of God is eternal life [spiritual life.] Romans 6:23
Blessings on your New Year!
~ Joyce ~