Jesus told a parable (story) and becoming fishers of men. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 4:18-20)
Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and looking for those to call to come and follow Him.
Ask the children …
Who did Jesus come upon and what was their profession?
“He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.” (Matthew 4:18 )
What did Jesus tell them that He would teach them to do?
“And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'” (Matthew 4:19)
What is a ‘fisher of men’? Well just like fisherman catch fish in order to provide food for the table, fishers of men go out and catch men to become followers of Christ just like themselves.
Jesus used this little phrase because these fishermen would know how hard it is to catch fish. They knew y0u have to find where the right kind of fish are and then determine what bait will make them bite and then you have to approach them carefully so you don’t scare them off.
In the same way Jesus was going to teach his followers how to find interested men, what to say and do to make them interested.
Ask your children what they know about fishing for fish? Ask them what they know about fishing for men? Share with them a story of someone you have fished for in your life and what it took to get them to bite. If you can’t think of anyone, read how Paul fished for men in Acts 17:22-34.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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