Down in the Dumps!
Today we are going to talk about fishing. Children, do any of
you like fishing? (Let the children respond
What kind of fish do you like? (Let the children
). In the Bible we have the story of a disciple
and it went like this:
My name is Simon Peter and I was down in the dumps again! I've
let the Master down so badly, and He has been my Best Friend!
So I said to the other disciples, "I'm going fishing," and they said,
"We're going too!"
We fished all night and caught nothing! Just as I was about to
throw the net away in disgust, a voice called, "Friends, have you any
fish?" "No," I growled. His cheerful voice came again,
"Throw your net over on the right side of the boat and you will find
some." Now, I'll have you know that I'm a professional fisherman
and for a moment I saw red! Would you have obeyed? (Let the
The others calmed me down and then we did as He said. I couldn't
believe my eyes! You should have seen it! The fish seemed
to jump right into our net. We couldn't haul the net in because
of the huge number of fish! Just then John cried, "It is the
"Jesus is alive!" I thought and jumped right over the side of the boat
into the water! And then I swam to shore as fast as I could,
leaving the others to tow in the heavy net. As I stood there
dripping wet, I saw a fire burning with fish roasting on it. All
of a sudden I was so ashamed!
Jesus asked us to bring some of the fish we had caught, and I was glad to
do something. When He called us to breakfast, I felt so embarrassed
when Jesus gave me some bread and fish. And I was the one who had
After we had finished eating, Jesus asked me, "Simon, do you love me more
than these?" Twice I told Him that He knew that I was fond of Him,
and He answered, "Feed my lambs." When He asked the third time,
"Simon, do you love me?" It was too much and I felt all choked up
inside. At last I stammered, "Lord, You know all things - You know
that I love You."
Jesus Forgives Peter!
Jesus looked at me - a look full of love and compassion. All of a
sudden I knew He had forgiven me for denying Him three times! Tears
rolled down my cheeks and a great weight was lifted from my heart.
Later Jesus left us and we walked home and I burst into song much to the
amusement of the others. But, I didnít care, I was so happy!
I was forgiven!
Jesus Forgives Us!
Have you done something you know is wrong and you feel bad? Do you
need Jesus to forgive you? (Let the children respond
Yes, Jesus also loves each one of you very dearly. He knows that you
can be naughty, disobedient and cheeky. But, He is willing to
forgive you if you say sorry for what you have done. And then like
Simon Peter, you will feel good inside knowing that Jesus has forgiven
you and still loves you just the same!