"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:21

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Cousin Madelyn was over visiting today, and her and Olivia were talking about what to put in Pastor Van's famous "black bag" for church tomorrow. I said we should do something Christmassy, like a candy cane, and Madelyn piped right up and said, "Yeah, like the legend of the candy cane!" So that's what's going in the bag for tomorrow, and it made me think of this story. Such a great reminder of Christ's gift to us!

The Legend of the Candy Cane
According to legend there was a candy maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ.
First of all, he used a hard candy because Christ is the rock of ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble a “J” for Jesus or, turned upside down, a shepherd’s staff. He made it white to represent the purity of Christ.
Finally a red stripe was added to represent the blood Christ shed for the sins of the world, and three thinner red stripes for the stripes He received on our behalf when the Roman soldiers whipped Him. Sometimes a green stripe is added as a reminder that Jesus is a gift from God.
The flavor of the cane 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, come to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
So, every time you see a candy cane, remember the message of the candy maker: Jesus is the Christ!

1 comment:

Mami Sue said...

I LOVE the legend of the candy cane!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the great reminder sis!!
Love Ya