Now, as promised, we explore other disciples. What do we know about Andrew? Very little. Let’s start with what we do know.
He’s often referred to as Peter’s brother. Isn’t that the way it is when you have one aggressive brother? The other tends to stand in the shadows. That doesn’t mean that quiet ones are any less important.
Andrew was, after all, one of the first disciples to follow John the Baptist. He sought after truth and found it in John’s message of repentance and belief.
But John the Baptist made it clear that,
“… after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.” Matthew 3:11
Being a disciple of John, Andrew possibly witnessed the baptism of Jesus and heard the voice of God declaring,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17
The next day, when Jesus passed by, John the Baptist said,
“Look, the Lamb of God.” Matthew 1:36
Andrew and John (the disciple) followed Jesus and spent time from the tenth hour (4:00 PM) on into the evening. When they returned to Capernaum,
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon [later named Peter] and tell him, “We have found the Messiah, (that is, the Christ).” Matthew 1:41
That’s the first quote we get from Andrew. The first witness. The first missionary!
One day, after a miraculous boat-load catch of fish, Peter was so overwhelmed that he fell at Jesus’ knees and said,
“Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Then, Jesus said to Simon, “From now on you will catch men.” Matthew 5:8,10
Later on, when Jesus returned to Capernaum, he saw Andrew and Simon by the sea, casting their nets.
“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
The only other time the words of Andrew were recorded was at the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus and the disciples discussed how to feed this huge group. Andrew went into action behind the scenes. Apparently, he had been asking around to see if anyone had food. Instead of talking about it, he had quietly been working in the background.
Andrew spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9
At least he brought the boy to Jesus. And look what Jesus did with that little lunch!
Another time some Greeks asked Philip if they could see Jesus. Philip first consulted with Andrew and together they led them to Jesus.
Do you see the common thread. Andrew worked at bringing people to Jesus—first his brother, then the boy with his lunch, and later he brought the Greeks to Jesus.
Andrew is known as the patron saint of Russia and Scotland.
A Roman governor had him crucified near Athens because Andrew had led the governor’s wife to the Lord and she refused to recant. Even on his cross, he continued to exhort passersby to turn to Christ for salvation. What a legacy!
Quiet witnesses matter.
~ Joyce ~