Taking Them To Jesus
I’ve always found the apostle Andrew to be an intriguing character. He seems to have lived his life in the shadow of his brother, Peter. The gospels usually refer to him as Peter’s brother, as if people would naturally know Peter but might not know Andrew. Yet, according to John’s gospel, Andrew was a follower of Jesus before Peter was. (John 1:40-41) According to Mark’s gospel, Andrew was called pretty much at the same time as Peter, James, and John (Mark 1:16-20). But we often see Jesus doing things with just three of his disciples: Peter, James, and John. Not Andrew.
Yet Andrew doesn’t seem to have been resentful. In fact, he had a special characteristic. Whether it was a person, a problem, or a question, Andrew took it to Jesus.
We’ve already seen in the verses from John’s gospel that Andrew introduced his brother Peter to Jesus. He found the Messiah and immediately thought to go get his brother. The next time we see Andrew in action, the disciples are facing a crisis. There’s a huge crowd and no food. It’s Andrew who brings a little boy to Jesus; the little boy had some bread and fish. Andrew didn’t know what to make of it, but he knew to take the boy to Jesus. (John 6:8)
At a later time, some Greeks wanted to meet Jesus. They approached Philip, who took them to Andrew. Andrew did what he did best: he took Philip to Jesus to discuss the situation. (John 12:22)
And one of the few times that we see Andrew included in the “inner circle” with Peter, James, and John, we see them approaching Jesus with a question. (Mark 13:3) We don’t know that it was Andrew’s idea to ask Jesus, but is interesting that he was mentioned here.
What I do know about Andrew is that he was willing to be “Peter’s brother,” even if it meant living life in the shadow. And every time we see him named specifically, he’s taking someone or something to Jesus. That’s how I’d like to live my life.
– Tim Archer, Herald of Truth Ministries