The Story of Jesus

Fishers Of Men

After some time Jesus returned to Capernaum to teach the people, and his disciples went back to their work as fishermen. One day Jesus walked to the seashore where Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John were washing their nets. Many people had seen Jesus leave the city, and they followed. Soon a great crowd gathered on the shore. 

How eager they were to hear Jesus preach!

Jesus stepped into Peter's boat and moved it just out from shore.

There Jesus spoke to the people. After teaching them, he told Simon, "Move out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."

Simon replied, "Master, we have fished all night, and we have caught nothing." Then he added, "But if you say so, we will try again."

Simon and Andrew rowed out from the land and let down their nets once more. This time many, many fish swam into their nets and were caught. The net became so heavy that Simon and Andrew could not pull it out of the water. Quickly they motioned to their partners in the other ship to come and help them. Simon, Andrew, James, and John pulled with all their might. Never had they seen so many fish. Soon both ships were full of fish—so full that the boats began to sink.

Falling at Jesus' knees, Simon cried out, "Leave me, 0 Lord! for I am a sinful man."

Jesus did not intend to leave Simon. He answered, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men."

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