THE SIGN OF THE FISH
What does it mean?
This symbol is not displayed here to
disrespect those who are non-Christians. It is displayed to indicate we proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior
and that the teachings of Jesus about honesty, integrity and treating others
with kindness is very important to us. The fish symbol is the earliest of Christian symbols and was
the most common representation of Jesus Christ from the second through the
Why is the fish meaningful to Christians?
The Bible relates a number of accounts where fish were a significant aspect
of Jesus' ministry. On one occasion (Matthew 14:19), Jesus served several
thousand families with a meal of bread and fish. On another occasion (Matthew
4:19), Jesus called Peter and Andrew, saying, "Follow me and I will make you
fishers of men." Many early Christians were persecuted and forced to worship
secretly. The fish symbol served as a secret form of communication. Often the
persecuted Christians would scratch this symbol on the ground to identify
themselves to fellow believers. Soon, Christians began to attach meaning to the
word "fish" itself. The Greek letters for ichthus (meaning "fish", pronounced "ICK-THOOS")
became an acronym: I=Jesus; X=Christ; O=God's; Y=Son; E=Savior. Today, the
person who displays the fish symbol has accepted the same New Testament teaching
that these early Christians accepted: that Jesus Christ is their Lord and
Savior. By a decision of faith, this person has entered into a personal
relationship with God and knows the reality of God's forgiveness. "That if you
confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9, NIV).