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The Second Catch of Fish

The Miraculous Catch of Fish by Duccio  14th Century

The events recorded here which took place at the sea of Tiberias, occurred after Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Several of his disciples were present.

Peter said,"I'm going fishing."

The others, six in all, said they were going with him. They got into the ship and fished all night, but caught nothing. The next morning as they looked toward the shore they saw a man. They didn't know it was Jesus.

Jesus called out and greeted them "Have you caught anything?"

When they answered "No", he told them to throw their net off the right side of the boat and they would find fish. At his word they cast their net and were not able to draw it in because there were so many fish in it!

John, recognizing something miraculous was happening, said, "It is the Lord!"

When Peter heard it was Jesus, he put on his outer clothes, jumped in the water, and headed for the shore for they were not very far out. The others brought the little boat to shore, dragging the net with them. When they got to land they saw Jesus cooking breakfast for them. He had some fish on the fire and there was some bread.

Jesus said, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."

Peter dragged the net to land and in it were 153 large fish. Ordinarily that many fish would have broken the net, but the net was unbroken.

Jesus said, "Come and eat breakfast." None of them dared to ask him who he was, but they all knew it was the Lord who was serving them a breakfast of fish and bread.

This is the thirty-fifth recorded miracle of Jesus.

"Many other miracles Jesus truly performed which are not written in this book. But these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name."

John 21:1-13

Zip Code 000-21

Memory Hook

In our memory hook we see Jesus in an office in the basement of the church. Someone has gone fishing and brought a whole boatload of fish and without cleaning or bagging has just dumped them inside his door! When Jesus opens the door 21 different kinds of fish slither and slide out into the hallway at his feet! We can have fish for a picnic for the whole town! Call in the troops, get on the phone! Get word to the radio and TV stations. Invite the town! This will be a grand fish-fry. (Let the children pantomime this miracle.)

feet+21 = John 21

Five or six of the apostles had seen a sight such as this before when Jesus called them four years ago. Let's imagine what their conversation might have been

"He did it again! Just look how our boats are ready to sink with that load! Peter, how many fish do you estimate we caught this time?"

"I don't know. Let me count them." 153! Can you believe it? Wait 'til the rest of the boys see this catch! Will they believe it? They will wish they had come on this trip!" This zip code means the story is not found in Matthew, Mark, or Luke, but is recorded in the 21st chapter of John (21)

(Remember this hook)
  • Head = Matthew
  • Arms = Mark
  • Waist = Luke
  • Feet = John


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Malchus' Ear Healed Index of Miracles

The Miracles of Jesus

Water to Wine

Nobleman's Son

Catch of Fish

Healing of Demoniac

Peter's Mother-in-Law

Leper Healed

Down Through the Roof


Crippled Hand

Centurion's Servant

Widow's Son

Blind Dumb Man

Jesus Calms the Storm

Gadarene Demoniac

Bleeding Woman

Jairus' Daughter

Blind Demoniac

Feeding of the 5000

Jesus Walks on Water


Deaf Dumb Healed

Feeding of the 4000

Blind Man

Boy With Demon

Tax Money from a Fish

Man Blind From Birth

Mute Man

Stooped Woman

Man with Dropsy

Lazarus Raised

Ten Lepers Healed

Blind Bartimaeus

Fig Tree Cursed

Malchus' Ear Healed

Second Catch of Fish
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