Is Christmas to commercialized? I think so. Yet, if we take the time to use the “eyes to see and ears to hear” (Deuteronomy 29:4) we can find the Spirit of Christmas in a lot of things and events.
While creating a devotional for the Spirit Sisters Bible Study based on the symbolism in the Candy Cane, I was also preparing to sing in the Defiance College Community Chorus/TSO production of The Messiah. As I read through the origins of the Candy Cane, and what it stands for, I was struck by the choruses in The Messiah that match the symbolism of the Candy Cane.
As the story goes an Indiana candy maker wanted to create a candy that would be his occupational witness. He wanted the birth, ministry, and death of Christ to be easily discernible. So…
He used pure white candy to symbolize the purity, the sinlessness of Jesus. In the Messiah the chorus – “And He Shall Purify” (Malachi 3:3) reminds us that our offerings to the Lord are to be righteous, without sin.
The J represents the Name. Isaiah 6:6 and the words of the chorus “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” resound with the names Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace. When turned upside down the J becomes a staff. The shepherd’s staff was crooked so the sheep that had fallen could be rescued. Isaiah 53:6, and the matching chorus “All We Like Sheep”, helps us remember that we are just like sheep. We go our own way, every one of us, but we can be rescued.
The stripes are symbolism of the beating He took so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:5 says “And with His stripes we are healed”. His blood was shed for our sins, hence, the red coloring.
As we celebrate this season let us remember the reason for the season is all around us. HE is everywhere. Look and listen.
Ah Lord God, bless us with the ability to see You in the trappings of this season. Remind us that You are the greatest gift giver of all. Help us experience the Reason in all we do. You are the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Prince of Peace. Let Your Glory be seen in us. Let Your Light shine through us. You alone are worthy! Grant these petitions in the Name of Jesus. Make it so.