A Net Full of Fishes
Jesus Heals the Sick
Matthew iv: 18 to
Mark i: 16 to 34;
Luke iv: 33, to v: 11.
remember that when Jesus was by the river Jordan, a
few young men came to him as followers or disciples.
We have read of these men,—Andrew and John, Peter
and Philip, and Nathanael, in Story 115. While Jesus
was teaching near Jerusalem and in Samaria, these
men stayed with Jesus; but when he came to Galilee,
they went again to their homes and their 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
"Put out into the deep water, and let down your nets
to catch some fish."
"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 again."
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, "O 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 walked with Jesus as his disciples.
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 the 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 God.
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 came out, and
left the man lying on the ground, without harm.
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.
Jesus Heals the Sick