Throughout this site you may have seen symbols. Some of these symbols are easily seen and others are found where you may have least expected them – just like God. Christ promises to never leave us or forsake us. What a glorious promise! Just like the symbols on this site that can be found if we look for them; God, too, can be found if we open our eyes, ears, and heart to see God’s loving hand on each of our lives.
"Look around you: Everything you see is God’s—the heavens above and beyond, the Earth, and everything on it. But it was your ancestors who God fell in love with; he picked their children—that’s you!—out of all the other peoples. That’s where we are right now. So cut away the thick calluses from your heart and stop being so willfully hardheaded. God, your God, is the God of all gods, he’s the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. He doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care of foreigners by seeing that they get food and clothing." Deuteronomy 10:14-18 (MSG)
Below is the meaning and how we see God through each of these symbols.
"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast." (Hebrew 6:19) The anchor is a Christian symbol for hope and steadfastness.
The circle is the earliest symbol of God’s forever nature. We are surrounded by the Presence Who was, and is and is to come!
The ostrich is associated with new life or rebirth. God mentions the ostrich to Job as God tells Job of the mysteries and wonderous works of God’s hand. (Job 39:13)
A dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit. We see the dove descend upon Jesus at His baptism. (Matthew 3:16, Luke 3:22)
The butterfly’s metamorphose from a caterpillar to a chrysalis and finally becoming a butterfly, it is a beautiful symbol of resurrection. Christ was born of a woman to be human, was crucified and buried, and rose on the third day as our victorious Savior!
"...For man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart," (1 Samuel 16:7) The heart symbolizes God's unconditional love for all for God IS love.
FISH OR ICHTYS
The Christian Fish, also called the Jesus Fish or Ichthys, was a secret symbol of early Christianity. We read of fish as Jesus instructed his disciples that they would be fishers of all people (Mark 1:17) or when we read of Jesus feeding the 5000 (Matthew 14:17).
God is three in One, made up of three distinct Persons who exist in co-equal, co-eternal communion as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 2:32-33; John 10:30; John 17:11&21.)
Jesus came to bring light to a dark world. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” John 12:46
Symbolizes life. It is the nourishment that sustains life. In the wilderness, God provided a daily, saving provision of manna, or "bread from heaven," for the children of Israel. And Jesus said in John 6:35, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry." (NIV) Bread also represents the physical body of Christ. At the last supper Jesus broke bread, gave it to his disciples and said, "This is my body given for you…" (Luke 22:19 NIV). Wine represents God's covenant in blood, poured out in payment for mankind's sin. Jesus said in Luke 22:20, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." (NIV)
The Christian rainbow is a symbol of God's faithfulness and his promise to never again destroy the earth by flood. This promise comes from the story of Noah and the flood. (Genesis 6:9-9:17)
The Lamb of God represents Jesus Christ, the perfect, sinless sacrifice offered by God to atone for the sins of man. (John 1:29)
Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. Together these two letters form a monogram or symbol for one of the names of Jesus Christ meaning "the Beginning and the End." The term is found in Revelation 1:8: "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
The question mark is for you to decide. Where will you see God today?
The peacock became a symbol of rebirth. Early Christians saw the peacock as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.