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Apr 20 2013

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The 12 Disciples (Andrew)

StAndrewAndrew like his brother Simon Peter was a Jewish (Hebrew) fisherman in Bethsaida. Andrew along with his good friend John was a disciple of John the Baptist who was preaching about the coming Messiah. Andrew and John were there when John the Baptist announced Jesus as the Lamb of God and baptised Him.

Before returning home Andrew and John followed Jesus and asked Him where He lived. They spent time with Jesus that evening and when Andrew returned home he was excited to tell Peter about the Messiah. And John told his brother James.

John 1:41, The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

Later, when Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee he called Andrew and Peter to be his disciples. I’m certain that walk was not by accident.

Though Andrew isn’t as famous as his brother, his ministry was vital to the Church and he made an enormous impact serving others as an Apostle bearing witness to Jesus and working in the power of the Holy Spirit. According to history he preached for many years after Jesus’ ascension and was martyred by crucifixion for his faith and ministry. Like his brother history tells us Andrew did not wish to be crucified as his Savior so they bound him in the shape of an X. Not many miracles or stories are recorded about him, but one that sticks out to me is when the 5,000 people gathered, were hungry, and Andrew knew it would be difficult for them to get home to eat before sundown. He told Jesus about the boy with a little bit of food. His compassion was his motivation but it also sounds like Andrew had faith that the boy’s food could help Jesus in some way. When Jesus fed the crowd with the boy’s five loaves of bread and two fish, the miracle must have really captured Andrew’s attention particularly. (John 6)

What do I learn from this disciple, perhaps the first disciple of Jesus? Right now, he teaches me that it’s right to follow your heart- not your emotions, but your spirit. Andrew must have had a faith and passion for the Messiah before He even met him. Following John the Baptist shows us that his heart desired something more; He wanted to know God beyond religion. He also teaches me that witnessing for Christ comes out of the excitement of knowing Him, and it isn’t meant to be coerced or contrived. Knowing Jesus personally should create in us a terrific desire to share Him with others just like Andrew. Many people are seeking something more in life. Their hearts tell them there is more. And if we would only know Jesus personally with our hearts and not just our heads, perhaps those people would come to ask us what we have and we could tell them who we know- Jesus, the Messiah.

Andrew also must have been a good brother. Peter and Andrew followed Jesus together and ministered to people and prayed together. I should learn from him to be a better brother and pray more than I do.

Some people use the cross of Andrew has a hex against witches. Many call Andrew a Saint. I call him, a fellow witness of Jesus Christ- the Lamb of God!

We don’t know much about Andrew except that He loved Jesus and followed faithfully to the end. And in the end, what else is there to know about a person? When I die I hope people will know me as someone who loved Jesus and followed Him faithfully to the end of my life.

- Richie

“Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” Acts 1:12-14

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