"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19
The Christian symbol ICHTHYS is the Greek word for fish and is used as shorthand for Jesus Christ, Son of God, our Savior. Fish were common symbols in the ministry of Jesus. Twice he miraculously multiplied bread and fish into rations for thousands. He blessed Peter with an immense catch of fish. After his resurrection he did the same when seven disciples let down their nets and hauled in 153 fish. Then, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the risen Lord took bread and the fish and fed his disciples.
The Bible describes two other miracles involving fish. In one, Jonah was rescued from the sea by this divine act: "The Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights." This even foretold Jesus' death, who said, "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
The other miracle occurred when, on the Lord's instruction, Peter caught a fish with a shekel in its mouth which Jesus used to pay his taxes. Since so many people living near the Sea of Galilee depended on fishing for their livelihood, it is no surprise that Jesus recruited his first disciples from among fishermen, the two sets of brothers, Peter and Andrew and James and John. He called them to become spiritual fishermen.
All Christians are called to be spiritual fishermen. With the net of the Gospel, they catch people for Christ, who died and rose again to save them. We too are called to be fishers of men.
Randy Morris, Minister