HIS represents the first three letters of “Jesus” in Greek, representing Jesus from the third century. Since the middle ages, the initials also were used in the Latin phrase “Jesus Hominum Salvator” which means “Jesus, Savior of men.”

Salvation is found in no one else,
for there is no other name under heaven
given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:2

There are many versions of this scripture but the meaning is clear in all of them. Salvation exists in only one name, Jesus Christ the Lord. The event leading up to this verse is when Peter and John before the council boldly proclaimed this Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected which has become the cornerstone.’ Hearing this statement from unschooled, ordinary men they marveled and saw that these men had been with Jesus. The symbol HIS is something I remember from my Sunday school days in a small Methodist church. I was about eight years old and the teacher taught us the meaning of the Christian symbols. It stayed with me throughout my entire life. When I look at the tree that is decorated with all the Chrismons it brings back good memories. So decorate your Christmas trees, your homes and your churches but remember Jesus is the only reason to celebrate Advent.

Gloria Hooper