Fishers of Men

Fishers of Men

A children’s message based on Luke 5:1-11.

Feel free to put this into your own words if you give children’s messages and use the same lectionary readings as we do.  This is based on the gospel lesson for 2/7/2010.

In today’s bible story, Jesus; a carpenter’s son who may have never fished a day in his life, approaches some seasoned fishermen, who have been fishing all their lives; they make a living at it, and probably know those waters better than anyone else.  They had been fishing all night and had caught nothing.  Jesus tells one of the men, Simon, were to lower his nets to find fish and to Simon’s surprise the net overflows with so many fish that he needs help to bring it in.

How did Jesus know where the fish would be when the knowledgeable fishermen did not?  The answer is that Jesus, although being a man is also God, and it’s quite possible that he miraculously controlled those fish and caused them to jump right into the fishermen’s nets.  Remember, this is the same person who also walked on water, changed water into wine and stopped the winds by just saying a word!

Jesus went on to invite these men to be “fishers of men.”  He actually wants these guys to follow him, and to help him to spread the word about the coming Messiah and to tell the people that they need to repent of their sins, be baptized, and believe that Jesus is the Messiah who has come to save people from their sins.  Jesus saw a quality in these men; perhaps a quality that is characteristic of most fisherman.  They are patient, sometimes going for days without even a bite, but they keep at it, and they hone their skills to become better and better at what they do.  So we are to be patient as we also set out to be “fishers of men.”

Isn’t it amazing how Jesus could control those fish?  It seems that nature sometimes follows his command.  In fact, God created all those fish so why shouldn’t they obey him. You know God could have made just one type of fish, but in his endless creativity he made over 25,000 species.

He made Clown fish that are colored like an undersea flower;
and sharks that can swim at one and half miles per hour.
He made fish out of jelly; and fish that are smelly,
He even made fish that have more than one belly.
He made fish with wings that can fly;
And others that have but one eye.
He made fish with five arms and shaped like a star;
He even created a fish that we call a gar.
He made spinney venomous fish that if you step on one, you might die;
And He created the rainbow trout, whose favorite food is a fly.
Fish with swords and saws, blowholes and built-in lights, a fish shaped like a horse covered with body armor and having a curly tale; He even designed a fish that has a fishing pole on his head to catch other fish!

This is an amazing God who has created us and everything around us.  We all need to be fishers of men, young and old; we have an important job to get out into the world and spread the great news that Jesus came to save us from our sins and that it is only through Him that we can be saved and have eternal life.