Matthew chapter 13 contains several of Jesus' parables. One of them is "The parable of the dragnet." "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 13:47-50) In this parable let us observe:


      The dragnet was cast into the sea: God's net, the gospel, is cast into the great sea of humanity. There are multitudes of people, young and old, good and evil. The net gathers "some of every kind." The gospel is publicly proclaimed to all and when this is done the gospel net draws all kinds.


      The dragnet explained by Jesus. Jesus gave the time when this separation would take place. It will take place at the end of the world. He was very clear in identifying the agents by which this would be accomplished. "The angels will come forth and separate the wicked from among the just." (Matthew 13:49) Jesus also pictures the doom of the wicked. "Cast them into the furnace of fire."


      Let us learn from the parable of the dragnet: (1) A net is the instru­ment to catch fish. The gospel is the only instrument with which to catch men. (2) The net must be cast into the sea to be useful. The gospel must be preached to sinners before it can draw men to shore. (3) When fish are caught they are removed from the water. When men are caught by the gospel they are removed from sin and wickedness. (4) Each time the net is cast the fisherman hopes for a catch of fish. Christians should hope and pray for souls as the gospel net is cast. (5) Sometimes the net is drawn in empty. Christians may not see immediate fruit. But, never become so discouraged you stop casting the gospel net. (6) When the net is full it brings in all kind of fish. The gospel net brings in all kinds of people. Let us work to try to see Christ formed in them. (Galatians 4:19)


      You are encouraged to become a Christian today. It is time to get serious about our own salvation and about the salvation of others. To become a Christian you must hear the gospel (John 6:44-45), believe in Jesus (Mark 16:16), repent of sins (Acts 2:38), confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized to be saved. (Galatians 3:26-27) After your baptism into Christ you must cast God's gospel net. (2 Timothy 2:2)