The Jesus fish is a well recognized symbol consisting of two curved lines that resemble the image of a fish.
The symbol is also known as an Ichthys (coming from the ancient Greek word for fish). IXИYУ is an acronym coming from the first letter of words that mean “Jesus Christ God’s Son is Savior.”
Those words are:
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
The Jesus fish is a symbol of Christianity that reemerged in popularity in the mid 1960's and can be seen today on everything from religious clothing to auto bumper stickers. Those who want to identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ often display the Jesus fish on things such as their key chains, car windows, and business cards.
In this age of technology, the Jesus fish can also been seen in web sites and personal emails as
The Jesus fish is perhaps the earliest symbol for Christianity. Some reports of its use date back to the end of the 1st Century AD and it is believed to predate the symbol of the cross. The fish is reported to have given Christians a simple means by which to identify themselves as believers in a time of persecution.
Fish are talked about many times throughout the New Testament Gospels. The symbol probably came about because of those references. One of the most notable is found in Matthew 4:19. Many of Jesus’ original disciples were fishermen by profession. He told them that if they would follow Him, He would make them fishers of men.
There are other biblical scriptures that include fish such as the miracle Jesus performed by feeding five thousand listeners when He multiplied a young boy’s “five small loaves and two fishes.” This story is told in all four Gospels, Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9 and John 6.
The Jesus fish is a symbol that says, with Jesus, all things are possible.