The goal of this series is to study the group of 12 young men who spent approximately 3 years with Jesus, from the time of his baptism until his resurrection. We’ll look at their character, their transformation, and their relationship with Jesus and learn from their lives.
You can read the full preface to this series to see how I have defined discipleship and see a timeline of how the disciples met Jesus and followed him.
Andrew, The Greeter: An Overview
Andrew was a greeter.
No, not that kind of greeter! He wasn’t employed by Wal-Mart. He greeted people with the Good News! He brought people to Jesus and saw the potential in people and situations for God to work.
In the Bible
Andrew is referred to at least 11 times in the New Testament.
His first meeting with Jesus is recorded in John 1:40-44.
In Mark 1:16, we have the account of his call from his fishing nets, which occurred at least a year later than his first meeting with Jesus.
In Mark 3:13 Jesus appointed the disciples to be with Him, and to send them forth as apostles. Andrew was one of the number.
We also learn that Andrew is commonly referred to as “the brother of Simon,” pointing out that Andrew is more or less behind the scenes.
Accomplishments of the Apostle Andrew:
Andrew brought people to Jesus. After Pentecost, Andrew became a missionary like the other apostles and preached the gospel.
He hungered for the truth.
His name Andrew, Andreas, means manly.
He found the truth, first in John the Baptist, then in Jesus Christ. From this, we can conclude that he saw beyond the religious system of his time. He saw his sin and truly sought the Kingdom of God, not a tradition that separated sinners from priests. He heard that the Kingdom was near and that the Messiah was coming directly from the mouth of the one sent to proclaim that coming! Then he found his brother and started following the Messiah.
Like the other apostles, Andrew abandoned Jesus during his trial and crucifixion.
Jesus truly is the Savior of the world. When we find Jesus, we find the answers we have been looking for.
The Apostle Andrew made Jesus the most important thing in his life, and we should too.
Seeing Potential: A Look at 3 Key Verses That Describe Andrew
1. Jesus the Messiah | John 1:35-42
This verse is so cool because we see Andrew introducing Peter to Jesus.
Do you have a brother or sister? If yes, you know that siblings can be a blessing AND a pain. When growing up, you see each other every day. You see the good and the bad. Let’s be honest, the bad sticks out. We remember it more.
I’m sure Andrew experienced this too. But, when he found the Messiah, he saw beyond his brother’s faults. He saw potential. He saw what Jesus could make him: a redeemed child of God, a fisher of men, a rock in the early church.
What would the church look like now if Andrew hadn’t looked past the faults and fears of his brother? Aren’t you glad that Andrew brought Peter to Jesus?
2. Jesus the Provider | John 6:5-9
Imagine you’re sitting in your favorite teacher’s class. He takes the class on a field trip, to the biggest opening on the campus with enough space to hold 10,000 people. As he’s teaching, people begin to take notice and they come to listen. You’re sitting in the front, enraptured by his teaching and don’t even notice the people filing in.
The teacher stops, looking up, noticing the growing crowd.
He looks at your friend and says, “How are we going to feed all of these people?”
Your friend looks back. His eyes go wider and wider as he mentally counts the crowd. He does some quick mental math before responding.
“Teacher, it would take $20,000 to feed this crowd!”
You, however, see a little boy who has snuck to the front. The boy, for some reason, happens to have 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish! You’re pretty sure that your teacher is, in fact, the savior of the world AND the Son of God.
So you bring this boy to him and say, “I know it’s not much, but here, can we use this?”
And, to your astonishment, he uses it to feed everyone there!
Did you really just imagine that? If so, you were Andrew! You saw the potential where no one else did.
3. Jesus the Redeemer of All Men | John 12:20-22
This last verse is even cooler. Go ahead and read it first.
The group of Greeks, a group hated by Jews, wanted to see Jesus!
Let’s pause there. A group of people that was polytheistic were seeking to encounter the Son of God, hoping (I assume) to find the truth. How cool is that?
The disciples didn’t have to have a campaign. The people were coming to them.
Philip, instead of being ecstatic, is, it seems, a bit worried. So, he brings them to Andrew instead of Jesus.
Ok, no harm there I suppose. Philip is just playing it safe. Andrew, however, seems to have unfiltered potential goggles on! He may have grown up with a bias against the Greeks, but he’s found the Messiah, the one that John the Baptist preached about! The Kingdom-bringer has arrived and Andrew isn’t holding it back from anyone. How awesome is Andrew?!
Preview of the next disciple:
I hope this has opened your eyes to the fact that Andrew was a real man. He wasn’t just a character on a few pages of the Bible. He was real and there’s so much we can learn from him.
Next, we will look at Andrew’s brother, Peter. How did he go from an ordinary fisherman to a fisher of men? How did he go from an unstable and fearful man to the rock of the early church and a bold proclaimer of the Gospel? You can find out this and much more in the next post.
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