Christian Short Stories

Father and Son Discuss Jesus’ Resurrection
By Greg Miller

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Pastor David and his son, Donald, were spending the night on the bank of a river near their home.

The father-and-son duo repeated this scenario every spring. Both men loved to fish in the river, which was full of many varieties of fish, and both enjoyed the friendly competition that always accompanied the overnighters.

“I’m going to catch the biggest catfish tonight,” Donald bragged to his dad. “I think it’ll weigh at least 10 pounds.”

“I don’t know about that, son,” Pastor David countered. “I’m going to try to catch the biggest fish tonight myself.”

“I really enjoy these fishing duels, dad,” said Donald.

“So do I,” Pastor David stated. “These contests have helped to cement our father/son relationship. I think we’re closer now than we’ve ever been.”

On their overnight excursions, Pastor David and Donald always discussed the Bible story of the time Jesus’ disciples fished all night and didn’t catch a single fish.

“That’s more than just a story, right, dad?” asked Donald. “It actually happened, right?”

“Yes, it really happened. The entire Bible is true, from the first verse in Genesis to the last verse in Revelation. It’s all God’s Word.”

“What gets me, dad, is some of these guys were fishermen by trade. They knew, or at least thought they knew, what they were doing. Yet they fished all night and didn’t catch anything.”

“That’s right, son. Then Jesus told them to throw the net on the other side of the boat. Two boats were then needed to haul in the fish. The weight was so much that both boats almost sank.”

Pastor David told Donald the story reminded him of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. “Just like the story of the disciples in Luke chapter five, Jesus’ crucifixion on Calvary’s cross and being resurrected from the grave makes no sense to the human mind,” he said.

“Yet we’re told in Matthew 28:1-2, “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.”

“I understand, dad. And because of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave we can be forgiven of all our sins.”

“And live with Him in heaven forever!” Pastor David exclaimed.

“You got that right, dad!” Donald shouted. “Amen!”

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