John the Baptist’s testimony, in John 1:29-42, concerning Christ recalls the Spirit descending as a dove from heaven and notes that while John the Baptist baptizes with water, Jesus baptizers with the Holy Spirit. Two of John’s disciples followed Jesus. One of them, Andrew, found his brother Simon Peter and said, “We have found the Messiah” (v. 41). Jesus’s mission to take away sin and his call of disciples are central. Andrew would prove to be a model Christian disciple. Andrew demonstrated some important truths for us as followers of Christ.
A Disciple brings others to Jesus. Andrew was Jesus’s first disciple. He was called proto Kletos in Greek, which means “the first called.” He was a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee, who lived in the village of Bethsaida, which means house of fish, as Bethlehem means “house of bread” and Bethel means “house of God.” Andrew did not write a Gospel and none of his sermons survived. We know of no miracles attributed to him. His gift was bringing others to meet the Master. He was the first evangelist. We have three accounts in John’s Gospel of Andrew’s introducing his brother well. Jesus gave Simon the nickname Cephas, which is Aramaic for Peter, which means rock. (v. 42). Simon Peter became the “self-proclaimed” chief of Jesus’s apostles.
In Boston in 1856, a young man was working in a shoe store. His Sunday school teacher asked him, “Dwight, don’t you think it is about time you gave your heart to the Lord?” Dwight L. Moody was converted and became a world famous evangelist to his generation. That teacher influenced tens of thousands for Christ by sharing the Lord with young Moody. In John 12, we find Andrew bringing others to Jesus. In Jerusalem toward the close of Jesus’s ministry and life, some Greeks came wanting to meet him. Andrew arranged an interview for them. Jesus was moved at the universal appeal of the gospel. He said, “And I when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all men” (v. 32).
A disciple gracefully takes second place. Though Andrew was Jesus’s first disciple, the gospel writer remembered him as “Simon Peter’s brother.” Andrew was not a member of the disciples “inner circle,” composed of Peter, James and John. Yet we have no indication of any resentment on his part. Like John the Baptist, Andrew had a humble spirit. He was not jealous of his brother Simon Peter.
What a wonderful example Andrew set for us. He knew and followed Jesus. He introduced others to the Master and was not envious of his brother. It is important that we witness to our faith and bring others to Jesus. John Wesley said, “Offer them Christ.” We can tell others what Jesus means to us. You will be thrilled when you see them become believers. Christ calls us all to the ministry of introduction.