Children need to tell friends about Jesus' love and become a "Fisher of Men".
I've Caught Nothing!
One day Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, when He saw two boats
and some fishermen who were mending their nets. Jesus climbed
into Simon's boat and said to him, "Please row out a little from the
shore." Peter did so, and then rested on the oars as Jesus began
to teach the crowds of people. When Jesus had finished, He
turned to Simon and said, "Pull out into deep water, and let down your
nets for a catch."
Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night long and haven't
caught a thing, but because You say so, I'll let down the nets."
And so Simon Peter rowed out as Jesus had said and lowered the nets
over the side of the boat. No doubt he probably grumbled under
his breath, "What does He know about fishing?"
I've Caught Everything!
Is it always wise to obey Jesus? (Let the children respond
Yes, it's always wise to obey Jesus as He knows what is best for us.
Simon gasped in amazement when he saw his net full of wriggling
fish. "I've caught everything!" he shouted and was horrified when
his net began to break! "Come and help me!" he yelled to James
and John in the other boat, "Or we are going to lose our net."
They rowed over as hard as they could. "Quick, help me pull in the
net!" Peter shouted, and they struggled to pull the net over the side of
the boat. Jesus must have smiled as soon both boats were so full of
fish that water started to pour in over the sides and the boats began to
Simon Peter was astonished at the size of the catch of fish they had taken
and so were his partners. Falling down on his knees before Jesus
he cried, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" Did Jesus
turn away in disgust at the sight of this rude and sinful fisherman?
(Let the children respond
No, Jesus knew all about Simon and had a great plan for Simon's life.
Jesus also has a great plan for each of one of us today. It does not
matter how many things you have done that are wrong or how disobedient
you have been, for Jesus loves you and died for every person.
The Bible says that we have all sinned and fallen short of God's standard.
That means we can never measure up to God's standard or hope being
good will please Him.
But what did Jesus do? He just looked lovingly at that rough fisherman
"Don't be afraid - from now on you will catch men."
Simon slowly rowed ashore and with his brother Andrew, and with James and
John, they pulled the boats up onto the beach and left them - boats, fish,
nets and all! "Come! Follow Me", said Jesus, "And I will make
you Fishers of Men!" And they followed Jesus and became His
disciples, and served Him for the rest of their lives.
Fishers of Men:
Jesus wants to change our lives just as He changed Simon Peter and made him
into a great preacher. Jesus told us to go into the world and make
disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). He wants to make each one of you into a
"Fisher of Men" by helping you tell others that God loves them.
You can tell them what God has done for you, and how Jesus came into your
heart and changed you into one of God's children. You can pray and
care for your friends and it won't be long before some of them come to love
Are you willing to be a "Fisher of Men"? If you are, let's pray and ask
Jesus to make you into one.