Andrew

A disciple of Jesus who became one of the twelve Apostles.

His great concern was to introduce people to Jesus.



Andrew had been a disciple of John the Baptist. When John proclaimed that Jesus was the "Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world," Andrew followed Jesus. Jesus, seeing that Andrew followed him, invited him to become his disciple. After the testimony of John Baptist, and hearing what Jesus taught and seeing what Jesus did, Andrew was converted to the fact that Jesus was the promised Messiah.

Andrew was always willing to bring people to meet Jesus. One day he brought his brother Simon to meet Jesus. This brother of Andrew, Simon, was given a new name by Jesus. Simon would be known as Cephus, aka, Peter, which in full translation is Rock. So Rock would not have known Jesus unless his brother Andrew had made the introduction. And to think that Peter would become the Rock of the Church!

Yes, Andrew was always willing to bring people to Jesus. One time he brought a group of Greeks to meet Jesus. The Greeks had sought to meet Jesus. They knew that one of the disciples of Jesus had the name Philip, a Greek name. So they approached him. Philip turned to Andrew and Andrew did not hestitate to make the introduction.

Another time Andrew introduced to Jesus a small boy who had five barley loaves and two fish. The result of that introduction was a miraculous multiplication of the food so that all the five thousand were fed. There were even left-overs! Those who ate, referring to Jesus, said that Jesus was The Prophet who was to come into the world. What if Andrew had been too busy for that introduction? Often people are too busy for the lads who only have two fish and five loaves, and the world goes hungry.

It is interesting to note that none of the things that Andrew did was spectacular. He was simply an ordinary man who had found Jesus and believed in Him as the Savior. Nonetheless, his life is an example of the core concern of all believers, namely, how to help others know Jesus as the Savior.

Andrew did not convene a council to debate how to make disciples. He did not have a big organization to hold meetings in a coliseum. He is not recorded as a great orator. In fact, his only talent seems to have been that he was a friend of Jesus and a friend to people and that he saw himself as the person who brought Jesus and people together. Was he a great soul winner? He probably would say that he was not. Rather, he was a friend and as a friend he wanted to help people with what they considered their need adding to it an introduction to Jesus. Andrew's example shows that the world will be brought to Jesus, one at a time. People are not convinced as a group, they are converted personally, individually.

Andrew's close relationship to Jesus is indicated by the event of Mark 13. Here Andrew is included with Peter, James and John who come to Jesus privately on the Mount of Olives to learn about the coming destruction of Jerusalem. Mark 13ff "But take heed to yourselves,..for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in the synagogues; and you will stand before Governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them. And the Gospel must first be preached to all nations.

Andrew shared in the great mission of taking the gospel to all nations. He also shared in the persecutions of which Jesus forewarned. One tradition says he preached in Scythia; another says that his missionary activities were in Greece, according to which tradition he converted Maximilla, the wife of the Roman Pro Consul. The angry Pro Consul ordered Andrew to lead a procession offering sacrifices to the gods. Andrew refused. The Pro Consul ordered Andrew crucified on a cross the shape of the letter X, fastening him to it with ropes for greater pain. The X cross is known as a decussate cross, also known to us as the cross of Andrew. After his death, Maximilla buried Andrew's body in her own tomb.



Andrews body was later removed to Constantinople by the Emperor Constantine the Great and buried in a church erected in Andrew's honor. According to legend, in 396, a man named Regulus tooks portions of the body- an arm bone, some fingers and toes- on a missionary journey. He was lost at sea and ship wrecked on the island of Scotland. Regulus built a Church in honor of Saint Andrew on the spot where he reached the shore. The town that marks the spot is St. Andrews, county of Fife, Scotland.

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