Fishing For People

Later, as Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee(35), he again saw the two brothers, Peter & Andrew, catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to fish for people.”


So they left their nets and went with Jesus. Going a little farther along the shore, Jesus saw two other brothers, James & John, the sons of Zebedee, also preparing for a day of fishing; Jesus called them, too.  Like Peter & Andrew, James & John left their boat and went with Jesus.

Then one day Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret while many people crowded around him to listen to the word of God.  So Jesus got into Peter’s boat and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Then Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd.


Afterward, Jesus said to Peter, “Take the boat out to the deep water, and let down your nets to fish.” “Master,” Peter answered, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But I’ll try it your way.”

They cast their nets into the deep water & caught such a huge number of fish that the nets were about to break! So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. Soon both boats were so full of fish that they were about to sink!

When Peter saw what had happened, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, “Master, you should not be here with me; I am a sinful man!” He and his crew were all amazed at the huge number of fish they had caught — as were Peter’s partners, James & John, the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus said to Peter, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will be fishing for people.”


Then the men pulled the boats up onto the beach, again left everything, and went with Jesus.


(35) Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:1-11