Children’s Sunday Sermon
January 21, 2024
Good morning, girls and boys. I have a riddle for you this morning. What did the Atlantic Ocean say when it met the Pacific Ocean? Nothing. It just waved! Isn’t that funny, boys and girls?
We read in our Bibles today that Jesus is walking beside the Sea of Galilee when He sees a man named Simon Peter and his brother. The two men were fishermen, and they were casting their nets into the sea. Jesus saw the men, and instead of just waving, He said, “Follow Me, and I will turn you into fishers of men.” What did Jesus mean by this, boys and girls?
Jesus meant that if the two men would put down their nets and instead become good and loyal followers of Jesus, they could help Him spread His Good News message to others. And that is exactly what is expected of us today. As His loyal followers, we, too, can be fishers of men when we decide to do the work expected of us. To become fishers of men, we must follow the wonderful model that is always there for us- Jesus’s example. To become fishers of men, we must show that we are here on earth to help others and not just to help ourselves.
Boys and girls, when someone is exaggerating about something they did, it is sometimes called a fish story. It’s called that because sometimes people go overboard in describing the size of the fish they caught. Maybe they boast that it was this big (hold your hands far apart) when it was only this big (hold your hands a few inches apart). But what I’m telling you in today’s lesson, boys and girls, is no fish story. It’s the Gospel truth. It is right here in our Holy Bibles. The story is simple. If you are following the Model of Jesus and are doing the good works He expects, then you are a fisherman of men. And that’s one of the greatest jobs ever!