The book of Jonah describes the rebellious prophet’s rescue from drowning in the storm-swept sea when God sent a fish to swallow him. Beyond the historical account, the great fish also stands as a picture of God’s deliverance and mercy. The account clearly shows that the fish was Jonah’s means of salvation.
ἸΧΘΥΣ (ichthys), or also ἸΧΘΥϹ with a lunate sigma, is an backronym or acrostic for “Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς Θεοῦ Υἱὸς Σωτήρ”, Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr; contemporary Koine, which translates into English as ‘ Jesus Christ , Son of God, Savior’.
Christians began using the Greek word for ” fish ” as an anagram/acronym for “Jesus Christ God’s Son, Savior.” More about this later. The fish outline is a logical symbol for the early Christian church to adopt. Not only was fish a common food of the day, it was also used by Jesus during His ministry.
The Ichthys symbol (or “Jesus fish “) is a sign typically used to proclaim an affiliation with or affinity for Christianity. The fish was originally adopted by early Christians as a secret symbol, but the many variations known today first appeared in the 1980s.
Fish represents the unconscious of higher-self, feelings, and motives. It is also a metaphor for deeper awareness and the intelligence and thought process. Since water brings life, all the creatures living beneath its surface will symbolize fertility, birth, and rebirth.
Fish are mentioned many times throughout the Bible and are very symbolic of good fortune. When you dream about fish they can represent abundance, wealth, fertility, and forgiveness.
‘” Jesus ate fish from the Sea of Galilee. The bones of freshwater fish, such as carp and St. Peter’s fish ( tilapia ) have been identified in local archaeological excavations.
In Christian numerology, the number 888 represents Jesus , or sometimes more specifically Christ the Redeemer.
So two fish symbolise the ability to create good fortune and prosperity in your life – and this ability is innate within you.
In the Bible The Gospel of John (chapter 21:1–14) includes the narrative of the miraculous catch of 153 fish as the third appearance of Jesus after his resurrection.
The crucifix is a staple in Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches. Not so much in Protestant churches. “Some people say they don’t want to see a crucifix because Jesus came down off the cross .
At first, they were scared to display it publicly in case they were persecuted or mocked. But after the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the 4th Century , crucifixion was abolished as a punishment, and the cross was promoted as a symbol of the Son of God.
This has become known popularly as the “153 fish ” miracle. In the Gospel of John, seven of the disciples—Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee (James and John), and two others – decided to go fishing one evening after the Resurrection of Jesus , but caught nothing that night.
Cross , the principal symbol of the Christian religion, recalling the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the redeeming benefits of his Passion and death. The cross is thus a sign both of Christ himself and of the faith of Christians.
In 380 CE, the emperor Theodosius issued the Edict of Thessalonica, which made Christianity , specifically Nicene Christianity , the official religion of the Roman Empire.