The Tradition of the Candy Cane
Every month our church publishes FWD: an update on the ministries of Christ Church. The December issue has some interesting stories about many of the symbols of Christmas and I would like to share the story of the candy cane, the rock of all ages.
According to legend, there was a candy cane maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ. The result was the candy cane. First of all he used hard candy because Christ is the Rock of all ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble either a "J" for Jesus or a shepherd's staff. He made it white to represent the Purity of Christ. Finally, a red stripe was added to represent the blood of Christ shed for the sins of the world and three thinner stripes for the stripes He received on our behalf when the Roman soldiers whipped Him.
The flavor of the candy is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is in 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. So the next time you see a candy cane, hear the Sermon it preaches: Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, is the Rock of all Ages who suffered and died for our sins.
Happy Holidays! Enjoy your friends and family!