There are no Candy Canes mentioned in the Bible, but they are full of pointers to the real story of Christmas…
like a Shepherd’s crook; Jesus said He is the Good Shepherd – because He cares for us and would lay down His life for us
like the marks on Jesus’ back when He was whipped, which the Bible says will bring healing for us
red like Jesus’ blood, white reflects Jesus’ purity
The symbolism of the Candy Cane is a link between Jesus’ birth (He came to be just like us), His life (as the Good Shepherd), and His death (Easter link)
Birth: there is a lot about the story of the first Christmas which is incredible and even outrageous; the baby born to a virgin in a smelly stable and laid in a feeding trough. But even more amazing is that the tiny, helpless baby, Jesus, was God in human form – ‘God in the flesh’. One of the names given to Jesus was Emmanuel which means ‘God with us’. Jesus is fully God, and was also fully human.
Life: Jesus came as a human, just like us, in order to save us (see below) but also to show us and teach us how we should live; He set the example we should follow. Jesus’ life was remarkable – join online in the New Year for our teaching series or for our Alpha Course to find out more).
Death: Jesus lived a perfect life without sin so that He would be a suitable offering to reconcile us to God again through His death. If Jesus had simply died, everything else would’ve been in vain – but three days after His death He was resurrected to new life, demonstrating God’s power over death itself, and