It has been said that the "fish" symbol to your left was used hundreds of years ago by persecuted Christians as a secret way to let other Christians know that they were believers in Jesus the Messiah.
But, why was a "fish" used to represent a Christian believer? A good reason may be that Jesus said to his disciples in Mark 1:17 "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." They would learn from Jesus that "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Men and women lost in a sea of guilt, hopelessness and fear of death would be "caught" with this wonderful message of new life in Christ!
Why the "fish"? because I was "caught" by the message of the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ! I used to think there were many roads to God and that it didn't make any difference what road I took as long as I was sincere and tried to be a good person. I used my human reason to determine right from wrong. Over time, my sense of right and wrong negatively changed being influenced by my college professors, friends and the culture. I may have been sincere, but I was sincerely wrong.
When I was in my early twenties I was invited to a Bible Study. I accepted the invitation out of curiosity but felt that the Bible was an unreliable book.
At the first study, the leader proclaimed that Jesus Christ was the only way for salvation and said that the Bible was God's Word. I thought how narrow minded these people were. But I liked them and kept on coming back.
Over the next few months of investigating the Scriptures, I realized "There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." I came to believe the claims of Jesus in the Scriptures when He said " I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but by me." Jesus proved who He was by being raised from the dead. I learned that the Old Testament contains prophecies that predicted the death of Jesus for the sins of mankind. I also discovered that the New Testament contains eye witness accounts of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It all started to make sense to me.
God was in the process of breaking me. I knew I needed a Savior because I fell way short of God's perfect standards. I knew that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my sins with His blood. I knew that I needed to give up my self rule and follow Jesus. A few days later, best as I could, I placed my trust in Jesus and asked him to change me. That was 31 years ago. He did change me and is still at work changing me. I am so grateful that I now have a relationship with Him. Life has not always been easy and I still fall short of God's perfect standards, but I have the confidence that God loves me, forgives me and is at work in my life. He has a purpose for me and that is to live for Him. I now use His unchanging Word, the Bible, as the reference point for my life. Jesus said "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."
How about you? Have you thoughtfully considered the claims of Jesus? Speaking of
Jesus, Acts 4:12 says "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other
name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved."
David A. Grey
Grey Enterprises, Inc.