The Story of the Candy Cane Maker

There once was a candy maker who wanted to make a candy that would be very spe­cial for Christ­mas. He decided to make a candy cane because he knew he could include a lot of signs and sym­bols to cel­e­brate the true mean­ing of Christmas.

He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. He used white as a sym­bol that Jesus was born of the Vir­gin Mary who was always so pure and holy. He made it hard and crunchy to sym­bol­ize the solid rock on which the church is founded.

He bent over the top of the candy cane to make a hook like a shepherd’s staff. He remem­bered that Jesus called him­self “The Good Shep­herd” The candy maker remem­bered too that the first peo­ple who come to wor­ship Jesus at the manger after he was born were shep­herds. Then the candy maker looked at his candy cane and thought it looked a lit­tle plain. “It needs some color,” he said. Some­thing red,” he thought. “That will give it Christ­mas look!” So, he began to stain the white candy cane with red stripes. First, he put on three thin red stripes. You see, he remem­bered that Jesus went through ter­ri­ble tor­ture before he died and was whipped across his back. The candy maker decided that the red stripes on the candy cane would remind every­body that Jesus shed his blood for us when he died on the cross on Good Friday.

The candy maker was doing well with his candy cane. He had a lot signs of Jesus in there but he wasn’t sat­is­fied. Then he began to pray, “Dear Jesus, help me to make my candy cane show the true mean­ing of Christ­mas.” Then sud­denly the candy cane slipped from his hands. It fell upside down on the floor. When he looked, he noticed that the candy cane was no longer a candy cane, but it was the let­ter “J”. It stands for “Jesus.” Jesus is really what Christ­mas is all about.

Some­times a green stripe is added as a reminder that Jesus is a Gift from God. 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 come to be a sac­ri­fice for the sins of the world.

So the next time you see a candy cane, remem­ber the Ser­mon it preaches:
Jesus Christ, the Good Shep­herd, is the Rock of all Ages who suf­fered and died for our sins.

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