Lent Series: Four Become Fishers of Men

Jesus made it to Galilee.  During the two days that Jesus stayed in Samaria, I stayed in a tent nearby and had a rest.  I then walked to Galilee knowing Jesus was heading that way.  Remember, I like to listen in to what is going on so I can follow Him wherever He goes.

Jesus was walking alongside the shore of the Sea of Galilee preaching.  I and many others in a crowd pressed in to listen to Him.  We wanted to take in everything He was saying.

Jesus saw two empty boats at the water’s edge which some fishermen had left to go wash and mend their nets. He stepped into one of the boats.  Simon Peter was the owner of the boat.  Jesus asked him to push it out onto the water.  The other fishermen came back from washing their nets and joined Simon and Jesus in their boat as well as out on the water.  Jesus continued teaching the crowds.

Jesus finished teaching us and we saw Him and the boats go out deeper into the water.  I was really curious what was going on but I had to wait until the boats came back.  This is what I heard happened out there in the deep sea…

Jesus told Simon Peter to let down his nets to catch some fish.  Unfortunately, in recent days the fishermen have not been able to catch many fish which really affected their livelihood.  They depend on having fish to sell in the market so they can take care of their own families.  Simon mentioned this to Jesus and said they worked all night without catching a thing.  Simon agreed to go ahead and let the nets down again as Jesus said.

Simon must have been listening to Jesus whilst he was mending his nets.  He also must have believed there was something special about Him in order to allow Him to get into his boat and even to go out into the deep part of the sea and let down the nets even though there were no fish the night before.

A miracle occurred! This time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!  There was a shout for help from the partners in the other boat.  Soon both boats were so completely filled with fish that they were on the verge of sinking!

Simon Peter realised what happened.  He realised Jesus indeed is special.  He fell to his knees before Jesus and said to Him – “Oh, Lord, leave me- I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.”

Simon and the others were amazed at the number of fish in the boats.  Jesus replied to Simon- “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”When they got back to the shore, Simon Peter, his brother Andrew, James and his brother John- the sons of Zebedee, left everything and followed Jesus.  They left their boats, nets, livelihoods and family behind and went with Jesus. Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John became really good friends with Jesus.

Jesus went off to pray and prayed to God all night.  He called together all the disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles.  A disciple is a student or follower of a teacher (a Jewish teacher is a Rabbi) or a doctrine.  An apostle is not just a disciple, they are messengers sent out to share the good news of Jesus. The twelve apostles who were specifically chosen by Jesus were Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon the Zealot, Judas (son of James) and Judas Iscariot.

I consider myself a disciple.  I follow Jesus everywhere and I look forward to hearing and watching what He will do next.  I want to know him more. I want to be like him, loving, compassionate, caring. But how can I? I can’t even get close enough to him to talk. If only he knew. If only he would listen. Oh, how I want to be free. Just maybe, my life will mean something as well and I can make a difference like Jesus’ apostles.

For further study:

Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11; 6:12-16



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