Andrew, Peters brother
The Apostle Andrew, whose name means "manly," was the first apostle of
Jesus Christ. He had previously been a follower of John the Baptist, but when
John proclaimed Jesus "the lamb of God," Andrew went with Jesus and spent
a day with him.
Andrew quickly found his brother Simon (called Peter) and told him
"We have found the Messiah." (John 1:41, NIV) He brought Simon to meet
Matthew notes that Simon and Andrew dropped their fishing nets and followed
Jesus as he was passing by.
Like many of us, Andrew lived in the shadow of his more famous sibling,
Simon Peter. Andrew led Peter to Christ, then stepped into the background as
his boisterous brother became a leader among the apostles and in the early
The Gospels don't tell us a great deal about Andrew, but we can read between
the lines and find a person who thirsted for truth and found it in the living water
of Jesus Christ.
The Gospels record three episodes involving the Apostle Andrew.
He and three other disciples asked Jesus about his prophecy that the Temple
would be torn down (Mark 13:3-4).
Andrew brought a boy with two fish and five barley loaves to Jesus, who multiplied them to feed 5,000people (John 6:8-13).
Philip and Andrew brought some Greeks to Jesus who wanted to meet him (John 12:20-22).
It is not recorded in the Bible, but church tradition says Andrew was crucified as a martyr on a Crux Decussata, or X-shaped cross.
Accomplishments of the Apostle Andrew:
Andrew brought people to Jesus. After Pentecost, Andrew became a missionary like the other apostles and preached the gospel.
He hungered for the truth. He found it, first in John the Baptist, then in Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Andrew is mentioned fourth in the list of disciples, indicating he stayed close to Jesus.
Like the other apostles, Andrew abandoned Jesus during his trial and crucifixion.
Life Lessons from the Apostle Andrew:
Jesus truly is the Savior of the world.
When we find Jesus, we find the answers we have been looking for. The Apostle Andrew made Jesus the most important thing in his life, and we should too.
Referenced in the Bible:
Matthew 4:18, 10:2; Mark 1:16, 1:29, 3:18, 13:3; Luke 6:14; John 1:40-44, 6:8, 12:22; Acts 1:13.
Fisherman, apostle of Jesus Christ.
Father - Jonah
Brother - Simon Peter
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). (NIV)
John 6:8-9 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" (NIV)