I Caught Nothing!
One day Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee, when He saw two fishing
boats and some fishermen who were mending their nets. Jesus climbed
into Simon Peter's boat and said to him, "Please row out a little from the
shore." Peter did so, and then rested on the oars and mopped his
brow as Jesus began to teach the people. When Jesus had finished, He
turned to Simon and said, "Row out into deep water and let down your nets
for a catch."
Simon stared at Jesus and answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night
long and we haven't caught a thing! Would you have obeyed Jesus?
(Let the children respond). But, Peter answered, because You
say so, I'll let down the nets."
And so they lowered the nets over the side, with Simon probably grumbling
under his breath to Andrew his brother, "He's a teacher, but what does He
know about fishing?" Little did Simon know that the Creator of the
world was in his boat and to please Jesus, just about every fish in the
lake was going to try and jump into that net!
It's always wise to obey Jesus because He knows what is best for us.
Simon gasped when he saw silvery fish leaping into his net.
More and more came until the net was just a mass of wriggling fish.
"I've caught everything!" he shouted, but then was horrified when the net
began to break!
"Too many!" he yelled as he and Andrew tried to grab every side of the net
at the same time. "Help!" he screamed to his partners in the other
boat, "Come and help us or we're going to lose our net!"
Their partners, James and John, rowed over as fast as they could and came
up with a splash of oars. Their eyes nearly popped out when they
saw Simon knee-deep in fish. "Quick," he gasped, "Help me and
Andrew pull in the net!" They struggled to pull the net over the
side of the boat. Soon both boats were so full of fish that water
started to pour in and the boats began to sink!
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!" Do you
think that Jesus should have chased away Peter, because he had denied
Jesus three times? (Let the children respond
Jesus already knew that Peter was sinful, and needed to be forgiven,
and have his heart cleansd. Yes, Jesus had a great plan for
Simon's life. Do you think that Jesus also has a great plan
for each of one of us today? (Let the children respond).
What did Jesus do? He just looked lovingly at that rough fisherman
and gently said:
"Don't be afraid Simon, from now on you will catch men."
Simon must have pointed at himself and said, "Who me Lord?" and Jesus
just smiled and nodded. And so Simon, who became the Apostle Peter,
slowly rowed ashore. With his brother Andrew, and with James and
John, they pulled their boats up onto the beach and left them - boats,
nets, fish and all! And they followed Jesus and went on to become
His disciples and to serve Him for the rest of their lives.
Fishers of Men:
Jesus wants to make each one of you into a "Fisher of Men" or rather a "
Fisher of Kids" by telling other children that God loves them. You
can tell them that you asked Jesus to come into your heart, and that He
made you into one of God's children. You can pray and care for your
friends and soon some of them will come to love Jesus!
As we finish, are you a just fish wriggling in a net, or are you going to
be a "Fisher of Kids" for Jesus? I hope you are, so let's pray and
ask Jesus to make you into a great Fisherman or Fisherwoman!