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Jesus and the Fishermen

Andrew, Peter, James and John and a large catch of fish.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Hindi, Arabic
The prophet Isaiah foretold that Jesus the Messiah would go to: ‘Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.’ Isaiah 9:1b-2 – Slide 1
On the Sea of Galilee, near Capernaum, four fishermen fished all night without catching anything. They gave up and rowed ashore. The names of the fishermen were Simon (later named Peter), Andrew, James and John. – Slide 2
On shore the fishermen cleaned their nets. As the fishermen worked, a large crowd was growing and pressing in on Jesus. Jesus noticed the men cleaning their nets and proceeded to go toward their boats. – Slide 3
Jesus asked Peter to take Him in the boat and row a short distance from land. Then Jesus spoke to the people and taught them about God and His kingdom. Even though Peter was tired he listened carefully to Jesus’ words. – Slide 4
When Jesus was done speaking to the crowds He told Peter to go back fishing. Peter grumbled, ‘...Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing...’ He also had great respect for Jesus, so he rowed out again. – Slide 5
Then they caught a huge amount of fish. So many that the net began to break and they signalled to their fishing partners to come and help. Now even with more than one boat there were so many fish that the boats began to sink. – Slide 6
Peter was shocked. Jesus had shown Peter miracles, He had even healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a bad fever. This miracle impacted Peter so much that he left his boat and went to the Lord Jesus Christ. – Slide 7
Peter told Jesus: ‘Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ Peter and his companions were amazed with Jesus’ holiness and power. Peter also recognized his sinfulness. Jesus was beginning to reveal Himself to them. – Slide 8
Jesus said to Peter: ‘Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.’ Peter told many people that he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Because of this many believed in Jesus and were saved to eternal life. – Slide 9
Then Jesus challenged the four fisherman. Jesus asked Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow Him. They had no idea where Jesus was going but they followed. Jesus asks us all to follow Him. (Mark1:16-20) – Slide 10
When these men followed Jesus they left many things behind. James and John left their father, the servants and all those fish. The fish were not as important as the great adventure they were going to take with the Son of God. – Slide 11
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