First Called Christians

Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.  And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people.  And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Acts 11:25-26

In this passage we find the place in which the disciples were first called “Christians.”  In Antioch, the tradition began of calling followers of Christ “Christians.”  I don’t know if it was a term of respect or a term of derision, but the term has stayed with us now for nearly 2,000 years.  However the tradition started, it is a good one, but it is also a weighty one.

The term “Christian” means “little Christ.”  That in itself is a powerful label.  Think of all that encompasses.  When we take the name “Christian,” we claim to be a follower of Christ.  We should be an example of Him.  We should be striving to be a copy of Him.

I think that if any of us would take a good look at our lives, we would likely find many things that do not reflect Jesus Christ.  I am sure that we would all admit that we do not always live up to our label as “Christians.”  I am sure that we find ourselves falling far short of that goal every day.

But that does not change the name that we have.  If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we are Christians.  The world sees us as Christians and the world expects us to behave like Christians.  The world looks to us to see what the Christian life is all about.  The world looks to us to see “little Christs.”  What do they see when they look at us?  Do they truly see a “Christian?”

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