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What Does The Christian Fish Symbol Represent?

Christian Fish Symbol

Also Called the "Jesus Fish", What Does The Christian Fish Symbol Represent? 

Maybe you've seen a bumper sticker or a Christian Ring with a Fish Symbol on it and wondered what it represented. The fish symbol is very popular in Christian circles and is often displayed on jewelry, cars, and on home decor.

The Greek word for fish is 5 letters, "ixthus" or "icthus” and those letters inside the fish form an acrostic which is a message that Christians across the globe uniformly identify with.

  • The first letter represents the word Jesus.
  • The second letter represented the word Christ.
  • The third and fourth represent God Son,
  • The last letter represents the word Savior.


Therefore, the Jesus Fish Symbol Means  “Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Savior.”

Jesus Fish Symbol

How did the Jesus fish symbol get started? Rewind thousands of years ago to the early days of Christianity, followers of Jesus were beaten or killed for practicing their Christian faith, so, in response they worshiped in the privacy of their homes. When a fish was painted on the outside door of someone’s home it let other Christians know that they would be safe and welcome to worship inside.

Today, the Christian fish symbol is now often used to publicly represent  peoples faith in Jesus Christ as the savior of the world.

Of course, the fish symbol also reminds us of the miracle Jesus performed in Matthew 14:13-21, when he to took two fish and fed the 5,000 by multiplying them.

In Matthew 4:19 Jesus uses this symbolism to compare sharing the gospel with fishing when he said “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Water baptism, practiced by immersion in the early church, created a parallel between fish and converts.  

Also called ‘the Jesus Fish, the Christian fish symbol  is a well-recognized symbol that displays 2 curved lines resembling a fish.

Here’s a breakdown of the Greek words listed above:

  • I – Iota or Iesous - Greek for Jesus
  • X – Chi or Christos - Greek for Christ
  • И – Theta or Theou - Greek for God
  • Y – Upsilon or Yios/Huios - Greek for Son
  • У – Sigma or Soter - Greek for Savior

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