A candy cane is a very special Christmas candy.
Why, you ask?
Take a candy cane and turn it over in your hand. What letter does it look like?
“J” is for Jesus, who was born on Christmas day.
Now, turn it over. What does it remind you of?
That’s right, a shepherd’s staff. The shepherds in the fields watching over their flocks by night were the first to find out about the birth of Jesus.
But then, what are the stripes for?
The prophet Isaiah said, “By His stripes we are healed.” Before He died, Jesus was whipped. He bled terribly. The red reminds us of His suffering and His blood.
But then, the candy is white as well: When we give our lives to Jesus, His blood washes away our sins, making us white and pure as snow.
And so, we see that the candy cane tells a wonderful story: It tells of the miracle of the birth of Jesus, the misery of His death, and the mercy of His love.
Now that is quite a story.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Adapted from the book The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Wallberg.