Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

A Fishy Story

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

fish symbolOn the back of my car is the symbol of a fish.

Now that doesn’t mean that one of my hobbies is fishing; it’s there to indicate that I am a practising Christian.

This symbol arose because of the intense persecution of believers in the early church. When a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger were a Christian, he drew the other arc, and so both believers knew they were in good company.

Often they would then take it in turns to write five Greek letters inside the fish symbol, “IXOUS.” It is pronounced “ichthus” and means “fish”. In fact it is the normal word for fish in the gospels (Matt. 7:10; 14:17; Mark 6:38; Luke 5:6; 11:11; John 21:6, 8, 11).

However, the early Christians gave the word for “fish” an even greater meaning than just identifying a stranger as a Christian. It became the acronym for the great truth of Christianity:

  • I represents Iesous, which is the Greek word for “Jesus”;
  • X represents Xristos, meaning “Christ”;
  • O represents Theou (Theou), meaning “of God”, genitive case of God meaning "God";
  • U represents Uios translated “Son”;
  • S represents Soter, meaning “Saviour”.

When all this is put together we have the great affirmation of the Christian faith:

‘Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Saviour.’

So the next time you see the sign of the fish and the letters IXOUS remember that Jesus is the Christ, the very Son of God, and our Saviour.

He is:

  • The perfect man, incarnate of God among men, fully human and fully God;
  • The Christ, the Anointed One of God, the Messiah;
  • The unique, only begotten, eternal Son of God;
  • Our Saviour who voluntarily went to the cross and died in our place to save us from our sins.

As Peter said before the Sanhedrin:

‘…know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”’ (Acts 4:10-12)

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Saviour gives us eternal life through the power of His shed blood.

Have you put your trust in Him to save you for all eternity?

Have a good week,

Pastor Barry

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