Jesus’ First Followers
One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Galilee. Many people were pressing all around him. They wanted to hear the word of God.
Jesus saw two boats at the shore of the lake. The fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.
Jesus got into one of the boats, the one which belonged to Simon. Jesus asked Simon to push off a little from the land. Then Jesus sat down in the boat and continued to teach the people on the shore.
When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Take the boat into deep water. If you will put your nets in the water, you will catch some fish.”
Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, but we caught nothing. But you say to put the nets in the water; so I will.”
The fishermen did as Jesus told them. And they caught so many fish that the nets began to break.
They called to their friends in the other boat to come and help them. The friends came, and both boats were filled so full that they were almost sinking.
The fishermen were all amazed at the many fish they caught. When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he bowed down before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!”
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed too. (James and John were Simon’s partners.) Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be fishermen for men.”
When the men brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.