Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas - Day 7

The Candy Cane

Isn't it fun to see the candy canes appear this time of year?  They just go with Christmas!
Once again, we find a wonderful message attached to this that we can share with others.

If you hold a candy cane up with the crook at the top, it looks like a shepherd's staff.  This reminds us of the shepherd's in the field on the night of Jesus birth.  We remember how the angels announced His birth and how they left to follow the star to find Jesus.
If you hold the candy cane with the crook down, it makes a 'J' - J for Jesus - who is our focus.

The candy cane started out as a hard white stick of sugar - reminding us that Jesus is the rock of our salvation.  It was also pure white, reminding us of the sinlessness of Jesus.
Later, stripes were added.  First, a thick red stripe which reminds us of the blood Jesus shed on the cross to pay for our sins.  There are also smaller red stripes - these remind us of the lashes Jesus endured as He was beaten and He bled from the soldier's whips.  In addition, the scripture that says "by His stripes we are healed" Isaiah 53:5.

You will notice that, as you eat the candy cane, the red disappears and you have an all white cane.  This reminds us that because Jesus bled and died for our sins, when we believe in Him and give our lives to Him, His blood takes our sin away and leaves us clean before Him.

One thing you might want to do is to purchase some candy canes and tie a tag on each one that tells of it's meaning.  Whenever people visit your home you can give them one as a 'take home' gift or, you could also tie it on to the gifts that you give.  Enjoy!

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