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Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. - John 1:40-41
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah.” And he brought him to Jesus.
For hundreds of years people were waiting for the promised Messiah. The one who would save. The one who was going to set the world right. The one who would change everything. Then one day, John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and said, “Here he is.”
That same day, Andrew met Jesus. He even spent the whole day with Jesus. He was so impacted by Jesus, John tells us that the very first thing Andrew did was find his brother Peter. He told him about Jesus. He brought him to Jesus as if he had just found life itself.
Andrew teaches us something powerful: Following Jesus shouldn’t be kept a secret. When we understand how much God loves us, so much so, God sent His Son into the world so that we could have life, the natural response is to share this incredible news with others. This is how the movement of Christianity began. It started small. It started with one person who was changed by Jesus talking to one person who needed Jesus.
Here’s what so great about this simple strategy… Everyone can do this. If you have a relationship with Jesus, God has put people in your life to find, to tell, and to bring them to Jesus. This mission is for everyone! It’s not just for some high profile leader. It’s not just for some pastor. It’s not for the varsity Christian. It is for every person who has been changed by Jesus and received the free gift of salvation.
What I love about Andrew’s story is that you follow his journey throughout the Gospels and every time his name is mentioned, he is bringing someone to Jesus. Outside of that, for the most part you don’t hear much about him. But you hear all about Peter. Peter was the one led the disciples. Peter was the one who preached at Pentecost. Peter wrote a portion of the New Testament. Peter was the one who led the church! But none of that would have been possible if Andrew wasn’t willing to invite Peter to meet Jesus! As one writer put it, “In Church history St. Peter is everything, and St. Andrew is nothing: but there wouldn’t have been an Apostle Peter without this young man named Andrew.”