A Lesson from Andrew

The two disciples walked alongside John, their teacher, as he explained the Scriptures. Since their baptism by this wilderness prophet, they had developed a deep respect for both the man and his message. So when John pointed to another man named Jesus and declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God,” they were immediately intrigued and went off to investigate. After spending the day with Jesus, one of the two men, Andrew, was convinced Jesus was indeed the Lamb of God as John had announced. He then went to look for his brother Peter and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.”

We don’t know much about Andrew. He was probably a shy, quiet man, having lived in the shadow of an extrovert like Peter. Although Jesus’ first disciple, he is never mentioned first in the lists of the Twelve. Peter is always first, Andrew second, or even lower down on the list. In fact, the Bible describes Andrew as Simon Peter’s brother. He wasn’t the sort to attract a lot of attention to himself, and yet there is much to learn from this humble man.

The first thing he did after finding the Messiah was to go get his brother Peter and bring him to Jesus (John 1.41). The next time Andrew appears is in John 6 at the feeding of the five thousand. Facing a multitude of hungry people, the disciples were in a quandary as to how to feed so many. Andrew, knowing Jesus would have a solution, found a boy with a sack lunch of five barley loaves and two fishes and brought him to Jesus. You know the rest of the story. The Lord took that meager snack and transformed it into a feast for thousands.

The last time Andrew appears in John’s gospel (12.22) he was with the Lord in Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. Some Greek proselytes were among those visiting the city as well. They approached Philip, expressing their desire to see Jesus. Unsure as to whether Jesus would want to speak to Gentiles, Philip first sought the advice of Andrew. And Andrew, of course, having no qualms about the matter, went straight to Jesus to tell Him about the Greek visitors wishing to see Him.

These are the only three occasions where Andrew is mentioned (John 1, 6, and 12), and yet they reveal much about the man. In every instance where Andrew is mentioned, and probably many more where he is not, he is bringing someone to Jesus. Whereas the other disciples seemed hesitant about approaching Jesus, even turning children away from Him, Andrew recognized Jesus as the answer to all of mankind’s problems. He knew he could always approach Jesus. bringing others who had problems, or who were hurting, or needed advice, healing, or salvation.

Pray God to give us eyes and hearts like Andrew to see Jesus for who He really is: our Savior whom we can approach with our problems, our fears, our wounds, our thankfulness, our very souls. And like Andrew, we need to show others the way to Jesus.

– Bill