Miraculous Catch of Fish – Miracle of Jesus
Free online resources based on the Biblical story of the boat-sinking load of fish. The net-breaking catch of fish miracle can be found in the Bible in the book of Luke. See below for links to sermons, songs, stories and entertaining sites for this seed-faith miracle.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. — Luke 5:4-7 <NLT>
Miracle Catch of Fish – Summary
Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and needed a place to stand and preach because of the crowd. Simon was tending his nets after fishing all night and not catching anything. Simon let Jesus use his boat and listened to the message.
Luke doesn’t say what Jesus taught that day, but most likely he was teaching the Good News of God’s abundance (Matthew 11:4-6, Luke 6:38, John 10:10). That would explain why Simon was willing to go back out on the lake even though he knew that fish were rarely caught in the daytime in the clear water of the Galilee. Only faith would motivate a seasoned professional to lay aside years of fishing experience to go back out and fish. And faith comes by hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17).
This was Simon’s business and he needed to catch fish to earn a living. Jesus knew what Simon needed both professionally and spiritually because God knows what you need even before you ask (Matthew 6:8). But He needs your faith to bring all His promises true in your life. When Simon planted his seed (boat) into Jesus’ ministry, that seed was multiplied back as a net-breaking, boat-sinking load of fish!
Luke tells us that Simon, James and John were all “awestruck” by the catch. These were men who had grown up fishing on the Galilee. Imagine what kind of catch would leave them in awe. But that is the exactly kind of expectations and experience that God wants for all His children.
As you read and meditate on this miracle, remember that faith still works. All things are possible if you believe.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the size of the catch, as were the others with him. – Luke 5:8-9 <NLT>
Read the story of the Miraculous Catch of Fish story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Miraculous Catch of Fish - Luke 5:1-11
Check out all the wonderful Christian content linked below and learn more about this miracle.
Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations on the Miraculous Catch story
The Wonderful Draught of Fishes – A very brief easy-to-read version of the miracle fish catching story
Simon’s Net-breaking, Boat-sinking Catch of Fish – A Bible story based on Simon’s abundant catch of fish found in the Gospel of Luke
A Net Full of Fishes – The story of the great catch of fish in modern language
Fishers of Men – The story of the big catch of fish and Jesus calling the first disciples.
When Jesus Calls We Should Follow – Story and lesson ideas from Luke 5:1-11 (Microsoft Word document)
Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music & Poetry for the Big Catch of Fish Miracle
Apostles Bible Coloring Pages – Coloring pages based on Luke 5
Fishers of Men – Coloring page based on the draught of fish miracle
Fishing For People – Coloring page based on the miracle catch of fish
Let’s Go Fishing – Interactive group ideas for teaching Luke 5
Fishing For People – A puzzle based on Luke 5
Fishing For People – A crossword puzzle based on the miracle catch of fish
Fishing For People – Multiple choice quiz based on Luke 5
Fishing For People- Word Search puzzle based on the miraculous catch of fish
“I Will Make You Fishers of Men” – Written by Elaine Kirkpatrick and “Fishers of Men” written by Harry D. Clarke – Find both halfway down the page.
Children’s Sermons & Lessons on the Draught of Fish Miracle
Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
Fishermen to Fishers of Men – Additional resources related to the miracle catch of fish and calling the first Disciples
The First Draught of Fishes – A nice summary on Simon’s miracle catch of fish
How To Hook a Fisherman – Another excellent summary on Luke 5:1-11
Let Down Your Nets and You Will Catch Many Fish – Brief summary on the miraculous catch miracle
The Call of Peter, James and John – A lengthy, but excellent summary of Luke 5
The Miracles of Jesus Christ: The Great Catch of Fish – A Bible study from Luke 5:1-11
Just Do It – An article that includes reference to the draught of fish on how human reasoning, unbelief & laziness can rob you of God’s best.
By the Sea of Galilee the Final Call of the First Disciples, and the Miraculous Draught of Fishes- Commentary from the book by Alfred Edersheim
Sea of Galilee – A secular overview of the lake where the miracle catch took place
The Galilean Fishing Economy and the Jesus Tradition – An article that examines fishing as a sub-system within the political-economy and domestic-economy of first-century Galilee.
Sea of Galilee – An overview of the Sea of Galilee from Follow The Rabbi
Peter’s Catch of Fish – Biblical art on the Internet
Capernaum- An outstanding summary on Capernaum, Peter’s home
Capernaum – Information and pictures on Peter’s hometown
Capernaum – Jesus’ Home – Information on the Peter’s hometown
Capernaum- A good summary of Capernaum’s role in Jesus’ ministry
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