Bible Story - Jesus, The Fisherman
by: Logan Marshall
When Jesus began to teach the
people by the river Jordan, a few young men came to him as
followers, or disciples. Some of these men were Andrew and John,
Peter and Philip and Nathanael. While Jesus was teaching near
Jerusalem and in Samaria, these men stayed with Jesus; but when he
came to Galilee, they went to their homes and work, for most of them
were fishermen from the Sea of Galilee.
One morning, soon after Jesus came to Capernaum, he went out of the
city, by the sea, followed by a great throng of people, who had come
together to see him and to hear him. On the shore were lying two
fishing boats, one of which belonged to Simon and Andrew, the other
to James and John and their father Zebedee. The men themselves were
not in the boats, but were washing their nets near by.
Jesus stepped into the boat that belonged to Simon Peter and his
brother Andrew, and asked them to push it out a little into the
lake, so that he could talk to the people from it without being
crowded too closely. They pushed it out, and then Jesus sat in the
boat, and spoke to the people, as they stood upon the beach. After
he had finished speaking to the people, and had sent them away, he
said to Simon Peter:
"Put out into the deep water and let down your nets to catch some
"Master," said Simon, "we have been fishing all night, and have
caught nothing; but if it is your will, I will let down the net
They did as Jesus bade them; and now the net caught so many fishes
that Simon and Andrew could not pull it up, and it was in danger of
breaking. They made signs to the two brothers, James and John, who
were in the other boat, for them to come and help them. They came,
and lifted the net, and poured out the fish. There were so many of
them that both the boats were filled, and began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he was struck with wonder, and felt that
it was by the power of God. He fell down at the feet of Jesus,
saying: "Oh Lord, I am full of sin, and am not worthy of all this!
Leave me, O Lord."
But Jesus said to Simon, and to the others, "Fear not; but follow
me, and I will make you from this time fishers of men."
From that time these four men, Simon and Andrew, James and John,
gave up their nets and their work, and became disciples of Jesus.
On the Sabbath, after this, Jesus and his disciples went together to
the synagogue, and spoke to the people. They listened to him and
were surprised at his teaching; for while the scribes always
repeated what other scribes had said before, Jesus never spoke of
what the men of old time had taught, but spoke in his own name, and
by his own power, saying, "I say unto you," as one who had the right
to speak. Men felt that Jesus was speaking to them as the voice of
On one Sabbath, while Jesus was preaching, a man came into the
synagogue who had in him an evil spirit; for sometimes evil spirits
came into men, and lived in them and spoke out from them. The evil
spirit in this man cried out, saying:
"Let us alone, thou Jesus of Nazareth! What have we to do with thee?
Hast thou come to destroy us? I know thee; and I know who thou art,
the Holy one of God!"
Then Jesus spoke to the evil spirit in the man:
"Be still; and come out of this man!"
Then the evil spirit threw the man down, and seemed as if he would
tear him apart; but he left the man lying on the ground, without
Then wonder fell upon all the people. They were filled with fear,
and said: "What mighty word is this? This man speaks even to the
evil spirits, and they obey him!"
After the meeting in the synagogue, Jesus went into the house where
Simon Peter lived. There he saw lying upon a bed the mother of
Simon's wife, who was very ill with a burning fever. He stood over
her, and touched her hand. At once the fever left her; she rose up
from her bed and waited upon them.
At sunset, the Sabbath day was over; and then they brought to Jesus
from all parts of the city those that were sick, and some that had
evil spirits in them. Jesus laid his hands upon the sick, and they
became well; he drove out the evil spirits by a word, and would not
allow them to speak.