Why Do People Say Jesus H Christ

Nov 20, 2021 0 comments

A Man praying to Jesus H Christ

In jesus h christ what does the h stand for? What's the meaning of Jesus h christ?

The name of Jesus when there was no such reference in the Bible? This is one of the questions that will come to your mind when you come to think that sometimes in the past people came up with some funny names for Jesus among which is the phrase Jesus h Christ.

The name of our savior which we know as Jesus Christ today has gone through lots of changes in the hands of men, partly because of translation from one language to another, and also because people sometimes want to mock the name of God.  


The first time the name Jesus appeared in the Bible was when angel Gabriel announced to Mary his mother that she will receive a special visitation from God which will enable her to conceive the savior of the world that will be called Jesus, "for he shall save his people from their sins. "


That name was originally written as יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (y'hoshuaʿ) in Hebrew form which means “Yahweh is Salvation.” The y'hoshua in the name is the same name for Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses who took the Israelites into the Promised Land after the death of Moses. He is also a kind of savior for his people. 


What we have today as Jesus Christ is taken from the Latin version of the name which is Iesus. Latin being one of the languages in which the New Testament was written. Up till the 1st century, people have not attributed any middle initial to the name Jesus, but they have attached “Christ” to it. That too is not Jesus's last name as some people supposed, but a title which has been translated from Latin to mean the anointed one. Pontius Pilate referred to this when he tried to ask the Jews whether they wanted him to release Jesus to them or Barabbas. He referred to him as “Jesus who is called Christ.”


A lot of stories have come up in history when Bible scholars tried to explain why do people say Jesus H. Christ, the most probable one is taken from the following letters of the Greek; chi Χ and rho Ρ, which is a short form of writing Jesus Christ adopted by the early Christians, together with the letters of the IHC monogram which is the first three letters of ησος, the Greek version of the name Jesus. 


In the early part of the 19th century, some people who are familiar with the Latin letter version of the monogram inscriptions began to read them as they do the Latin version which can simply be written as JHC. They gave meaning to the letters as J represents Jesus, C represents Christ, but they could not immediately place the H in the middle, hence they concluded that must be Jesus's middle initial. That was how the name Jesus H. Christ came to be. These people completely disregarded the Greek inscription which carried the lunate sigma that is still in use today.


From that time people began to use the name humorously, especially those who never believed in the Bible and what it says about the saving power of Jesus Christ. They find it funny that the savior of the world can be arrested and nailed to the cross together with criminals, and God who sent him cannot do anything about it. For that, they don’t see any reason why the name of Jesus should be revered hence they mock it at the slightest opportunity. 


This was a common phenomenon in those days as they also mock other things that have to do with God. For example, part of the story that was told then was that of a child who told his father that God has two names which are Harold and Andy, and he proceeded to pray the Lord's prayer in this version; Our father who art in heaven, Harold be thy name…


The American author Mark Twain who was popularly known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens added his version to the ungodly humor in his autobiography. He grew up to meet people using the phrase Jesus H. Christ, and he could not help joining them. 


At a particular time, a printing press where he was apprenticed got a job from an American evangelist called Alexander Campbell, who wanted one of his sermons printed on pamphlets. In doing the job Mark Twain abbreviated the name of Jesus Christ as J. C which the evangelist did not find funny but chided him never to do that to the name of the Lord, and demanded a reprint of the job.

In annoyance, Twain instead of changing the names to Jesus Christ changed them to Jesus H. Christ. 

What Is the Difference Between "Christ" And "Jesus"

The full name of Jesus mentioned in the Bible that everybody knows is Jesus Christ. People started calling him these names when he started his earthly ministry, and it remains so till now. 


It is interesting to know that it is only the name Jesus that came from God which means savior who has come to save his people from their sins. The other name Christ came from men, through the Greek word Christos. It is a title that means the anointed one. The people of that time found it more convenient to attach the name Christ to the followers of Jesus and call them Christians because they saw that they lived and behaved like him.


Jesus H Roosevelt Christ Origin

Jesus H Roosevelt Christ was an expression used to show frustration in what people are doing that does not bring out any good result. This was a common practice around the time when people were calling the savior Jesus H. Christ. 


Mocking the name of Jesus or connecting him to what he is not is one of the things Satan used people to do, to hinder them from seeing Jesus as the Messiah, and to believe in his saving power. He was called a glutton in the Bible because He ate with the poor and the downtrodden. He was accused of using the power of the devil to cast out demons. Whoever is asking why do people say Jesus h Christ should know that it is one of those names the savior received from men because they don't want him.

What Is Jesus Full Name

If there is a personality on earth whose full name we need to know, that should be Jesus. Over the ages, people have given Jesus all kinds of names, most of these names are based on their understanding of who Jesus is, and the encounter they had with him.

They cannot be blamed for this, in the Bible Jesus asked Peter “who do people say I am,” Peter mentioned Elijah, John the Baptist, Jeremiah, and other prophets. Those are different personalities that people identified Jesus with, hence they cannot help giving him their names.

Jesus proceeded to ask Peter, "But what about you? Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." To which Jesus answered; "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven."

The full name of Jesus can only be revealed by God, whose begotten son is Jesus, not by experience or circumstances. In the New Testament Jesus was called many names like; the lamb of God, Emmanuel, Christ, the Word, the Door, Light of the world, and so on. Those are all his names with which he is to address the various challenges of our lives and give us perfect redemption, but his full name is what Peter gave in Matthew 16:16, as revealed by God.

Jesus H Christ Middle Name

We cannot deny that people have used all means to mock the name of Jesus. They have called Him all names that suit them, but that has not changed the Messiah's real identity, glory, and power.

Since Jesus lived in the Bible, people have tried to deny His existence and instead put their own identity on Him. They would rather see Him as a Carpenter, sinner, or glutton than the Savior He is.

The name Jesus H Christ was one of such names that came up among the names people gave to Jesus. Though Jesus Christ is recorded in the Bible, the letter H is an invention of men.

What Does Christ Mean In Latin

The word for Christ in Latin is Christus, and it means the anointed one. It is a title that signifies that Jesus was specially sent by God not just to live among men but to carry out a specific assignment. The book of Acts 10:38 tells us that Jesus went about doing good, healing the sick, and delivering the oppressed for God was with him. The anointing of God upon Jesus Christ was without measure, hence no demon or any evil power can stand before him.

Christ Meaning In Greek

The Greek word translated as Christ in English is χριστός or chrīstós. It means "anointed one". This name must have come from the declaration that Jesus made about himself in Luke 4:18, coupled with all the miracles, signs, and wonders, that he performed among the people. The New Testament where the life of Jesus was recorded was written in the letters of the Greek too.

The name of Jesus had been translated into many languages; as many languages as we have the Bible translated into, hence people all over the world today call the name of Jesus in their native languages, and God hears them. You may not know the name of Jesus in Greek or Latin; the first set of languages privileged to be used to print the Bible, whichever language you know that you can call the name in, do it, for as many that shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Jesus H Christ Origin

Many people who know about this name have wondered how it came to be. We all know that the name of Jesus came directly from God.

Angel Gabriel, who visited Mary, the mother of Jesus, to tell her the particular assignment God had for her, also told her that she would give birth to the son of God, who shall be called Jesus.

The other name, 'Christ,' did not come from God but was a title that Jesus also received during His earthly ministry.

The H, which many have erroneously believed to be the middle name of Jesus, surfaced around the 19th century when some people used the Latin translation of that name to pronounce it.

In the translation, the name of Jesus appears as the combination of three letters which are JHC, in that order.

Those who translated called the J Jesus, C Christ, but they could not immediately find a name for the middle letter H since it is not in the Bible.

They conclude by saying that it is the middle name of Jesus, and they called it anything that came to their mind that started with the letter H. Some of which are; Harrold,  Hecking, hopping, etc

Whatever people call Jesus does not matter. There is only one name that matters. That name has the power to bring salvation to man.

The only name that God recognizes is the name of Jesus Christ. Satan cannot ignore this name, and whoever decides not to acknowledge the power and authority will lose their salvation.

What is the H in Jesus H Christ?


Some people believe that the H in Jesus H Christ is the middle name of Jesus Christ. That is a lot of those who refused to read the Bible and discover who Jesus is, and what His name signifies.


After Jesus started His ministry, He faced lots of persecutions from the Jews among whom He lived. They believed they know His background, and so He cannot claim to be the Messiah.


They called Him all sorts of names, disregarding those names the scriptures revealed about Him, which the prophets of old had foretold.


After his death, around 19 centuries the name Jesus H Christ came up as a mockery of His real name. 


The H does not necessarily mean anything because people put any word that starts with the letter H there as it suits the purpose they want to use it for.


They often say Jesus H Christ as an expression to show anger, frustration, and in times when they want to mock God.


Harold is one of the meanings given to the middle letter H of Jesus H Christ. It came from a young boy who misquoted the Lord's prayer.


The boy recited the Lord's prayer as Our Father who art in heaven, Harold be thy name. 


People laughed at what the boy recited, but it did not end there, 'Harold' became one of the titles given to Jesus from that day.


Some people have called the letter H 'Holy' because they believed that the name of Jesus should be revered and not ridiculed.


Good as that may be, it is not acceptable to God. He does not want us to add or remove anything from the name of Jesus. 


He wants us to call Him by what has been revealed in the Bible. Jesus once asked His disciples who do people called Him?


After He got various names from them, He asked them what they call Him. Peter told him, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah". Matthew 16:15.


Anyone who recognizes Jesus for who He is and honors Him will be blessed.

Also Read - 

Why Jesus was named “Jesus”
Mary The Mother of Jesus
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