Is "Christ" Jesus' Last Name?

QUESTION: Please don't take this wrong. I'm really asking this question. We have always referred to Jesus as Jesus Christ. But no where have I found that "Christ" is his last name. Could you please tell me what (if he has one) is Jesus' last name?

ANSWER: I find your question intriguing. No one has ever asked me this question. However, I am certain that you are not the only one who has wondered about this.

First of all, the name Jesus means “Savior.” In Matthew 1:21 the angel instructed Joseph: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” By the way, the Old Testament name “Joshua” is basically the same name as “Jesus”.

Second, the name “Christ” is really a title. It refers to the Jewish hope that one day the “Messiah” would come and establish the Kingdom of God on earth.

So, in essence we have the savior name and the title name used in succession: Jesus Christ.

Finally, it is interesting to note that one of the earliest Christian symbols was a fish. You have probably seen how easy it is to make a “fish” by noticing them on the backs of many cars. The fish symbol often functioned as a “pass word” shared between two people to identify each other as Christ Followers (often during times of persecution and duress).

The Greek word for “fish” is “ιχθυς”. The corresponding English letters are “ichthus”.

This Greek word is an acrostic. Each letter is an initial for several descriptive names and titles for Jesus.

“ι” is the first letter in Jesus’ name (ιησους = iesous)

“χ” stands for the first letter in the title name “Christ” (χριστος = christos).

“θ” begins the word “God (θεος = theos).

“υ” is the first letter of the Greek word “son” (υιος = uios).

“ς” begins the Greek word “savior” (σοτερ = soter).

Put those letters together and they not only spell “fish”, they stand for “Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior.

Well R, I hope this helps to answer this question. Thanks for asking it.

Love, Roger

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