Christmas In A Candy Cane
by Brother Michael

The Candy Cane
has long been a Christmas tradition.
It's sweet peppermint taste
has been enjoyed by young
and old for years.
But did you know what it symbolizes?

It is a hard candy because the church is
built on solid rock and God's promises
are a firm foundation.
(Matthew 16:18) (1Thessalonians 5:24)

The large red stripe is for the blood
Jesus shed for our sins on the Cross.
(Ephesians 1:7)

In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God's grace.

The white is for Jesus innocence
( Hebrews 4:15)

 For we do not have a High Priest
who is unable to
sympathize with our weaknesses,
but we have one who has been tempted
in every way, just as we are - -
yet was without sin.
and our innocence we have in Him
(Revelation 7:9)

 After this I looked and there was a great
multitude that no one could count,
from every nation,
tribe, people and language,
standing before the throne
and in front of the Lamb.
They were wearing white robes
and were holding
palm branches in their hands.
(Revelation 7:14)

"These are they who have come out
of the great tribulation;
they have washed their robes
and made them white
in the Blood of the Lamb."  The white
also shows the virgin birth of Jesus
(Matthew 1:23)

The virgin will be with child
and will give birth to a son,...)

Finally the cane is made in the shape
of the Good Shepherd's staff
(John 10:11)

"I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep."
and turned upside down for the letter 'J'
in Jesus by Whom we are saved
(Acts 4:12)

 Salvation is found in no one else,
for there is no other name under Heaven
given to men by which we must be saved.

So remember that Jesus Christ
is the real meaning of Christmas.
He can be seen in a simple candy cane.

You can have Him forgive you
and come into your life
by simply turning
your heart to Him.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world 
that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish 
but have eternal life.