|The candy cane is a beloved icon of the Christmas season. Many of us fondly remember happily licking one of these sugary treats at Grandma's house, or perhaps while watching a favorite Christmas movie. But candy canes are not merely another tasty sweet; they carry a powerful message which is meant to be shared with the world. It is a tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption; a tale of One Who was so much more than a man, Who laid down His life to save us from ourselves.|
The crook symbolizes the shepherds to whom the glad tidings of Jesus' birth were first delivered. An angel from God told them that the Savior of the world had been born. These shepherds left their flocks and sought out the baby Jesus. When they knew that the Son of God was indeed come, they joyfully proclaimed the news everywhere, spreading the word about the long-awaited Messiah.
The color white represents His purity. While He was on earth, Jesus lived a perfect life. No sin was found in Him, from the moment He was born until his ascension into Heaven. He performed many miracles and taught people to love their enemies and pray for their persecutors.
The color red reminds us of the blood which Jesus shed when He was tortured and killed. Scourged and mocked, He hung nailed to a cross and slowly bled to death. As His life drained away, He prayed to His heavenly Father and asked that His murderers be forgiven. After hours of suffering, Jesus cried aloud and died.
Since the beginning of time, mankind has borne a terrible curse. We have sinned time and again, insulting and rejecting the One who created us. One day, every human being will stand before God, and He will judge us for the sins we committed against Him. We have no alibi, and all the evidence is against us. The jury has delivered the "guilty" verdict, and an eternity of suffering awaits us in Hell.
There is, however, good news! You see, Jesus didn't stay buried in that tomb. Death itself was unraveled, and He is alive again! Before the gavel falls, Jesus can step in and pay our debt. If we believe on Him, repent of our wrongdoings, and follow God, He will accept us as His own sons and daughters. He wants us to live with Him in Heaven for all of eternity, but we must be willing to let Him change our lives for the better. He has promised that His Spirit will guide us and help us to do what is right. No sin is too great for Him to forgive; no person is too broken for Him to fix. Trust in Jesus, and you will never be the same.
Never forget the message of the candy cane! May you have a very merry Christmas and a truly blessed New Year!