The disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians 50 years after the resurrection of Christ when they were in Antioch. This means that for 50 years, they had no name by which to identify themselves. Perhaps they believed in Shakespeare’s “a rose by any other name will smell as sweet.”
What is so special about being a Christian? It is not simply citizenship in a particular country or membership in an organization or club. To be a Christian means to be another Christ. This is why baptism is called “christening” – we are initiated into Christ.
Is there enough proof in our life to show we are Christian? Since we are Christians, we should speak, act and think like Jesus Christ. If we fail to do so, then we fail as disciples of God.
CHRISTIANS BY NAME
Jesus In My Heart