The Great Catch of Fish

Church-School Narthex

The mosaic panel in the church-school narthex illustrates The Great Catch of Fish as written in Luke 5:4-11. 

The mural records the words of Jesus as he challenges Simon Peter and the rest of the fishermen to follow him.  As you view the panel, note the black poles. They are the piers on which the nets were draped to dry.  There are barnacles attached to the piers which represent the many imaginable excuses people use to justify their indifference to Jesus’ invitation.  Even Simon’s excuse is written on the wood.  He said, “We have toiled all night and took nothing.”  Jesus is depicted by the white figure in mosaic, peering into the water. He knows that there are a lot of fish in the sea as illustrated by the fish in the blue waters of the mosaic. Those fish represent all people who are swimming around aimlessly, trying to cope in a broken world.  They have never heard about the impact a relationship with God can have on their lives.

The artist writes out in the white tiles Jesus’ challenge to Simon as he said, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  Notice that the nets are lined with small crosses which are the common symbols of Christ’s sacrifice that paid for the sins of all thus restoring our relationship with God.  The “nets” or the Gospel is to be thrown into the sea to catch the fish.  This message challenges us to communicate the gospel to the people in our own “ponds”.  As the story continues, you know the disciples threw their nets into the water and caught so many fish that they had to yell for another boat to come and help.  Both boats were overloaded with fish to the point of sinking. You can bet that the disciples were more than just amazed.  Then Jesus concluded with the phrase inscribed on the nets at the top of the mosaic.  “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”    

That same invitation is extended to all generations of people who have had the opportunity to come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  So take the challenge, and go fish.

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Schoen

Last Published: November 2, 2013 5:02 PM
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