Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 10-12; John 1:29-51
40 One of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Christ). 42 He led him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
43 The next day Jesus wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.”
46 Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?”
Philip said, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here is a genuine Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are God’s Son. You are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these! 51 I assure you that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up to heaven and down to earth on the Human One.” (John 1:40-51, Common English Bible).
If EVER there was someone living out their call from God before perhaps they even fully knew or understood their call, it is probably Andrew. Andrew hadn’t been with Jesus long. John the Baptist pointed Jesus out, as the Messiah. For Andrew and the other disciple of John’s who was there, it was an important moment. They were looking at, they were following, they were hoping to meet the Messiah. Could this man Jesus really be the Messiah?
Of course, we already know the answer to that question. But for Andrew and his friend, that wouldn’t have been the case at all. Remember, we have the book from which we read. Andrew was living in it.
I love Andrew. He might be my favorite of all the disciples even if I am a little more like impulsive Peter. Andrew impresses me for two reasons.
First, Andrew impresses me because he is only mentioned three times in the Bible. Each time (not including the lists of disciples, he is also listed there) Andrew is bringing someone to meet Jesus. First is today’s lesson. Andrew brings his brother Simon to meet Jesus. And, as we know, Jesus changes Simon’s name to Peter who goes on to become one of the three disciples in Jesus’ inner circle.
The second time we hear from Andrew. Andrew, like last time, is bringing someone to meet Jesus. This time it is a young boy who is carrying with him his sack lunch (John 6:1-15). The boy shares the lunch with Jesus who in turn shares it with the crowd. Because Andrew found a generous boy, the people had something to eat. To me, the real miracle isn’t so much in feeing of 5000 plus people. The real miracle was, there was more food leftover than there was when they started.
The third time we find Andrew, a group of Greeks ask if they can speak to Jesus and Andrew takes them to meet the Messiah (John 12:20-26). Three separate occasions and three people or groups of people Andrew brings to meet Jesus. If we were all to be Andrew’s, think about the difference it could make for our churches.
There is another thing that has always impressed me about Andrew. He was one of the first disciples called by Jesus, yet he wasn’t in Jesus’ inner circle. He was bringing more people to meet Jesus but he wasn’t in the inner circle. He was the one who brought his brother and still he wasn’t in the inner circle. Nowhere do we ever see Andrew angry or jealous or being petty. He just goes along doing the thing Jesus called him to, bringing people to meet the Messiah. It might just make a greater difference for our churches if we had more Andrews.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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