© 2004 by Jerry L. Croasmun
Read -- John 1:29-45
"Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John [the Baptist] had said and who had followed Jesus."
Simon Peter and his brother were both fishermen and were from the town of Bethsaida in Galilee. (See John 1:44). The Bible contains almost 190 references to Peter and only mentions his brother 13 times. And of these, Peter is mentioned six out of the thirteen times. Peter clearly overshadowed his brother.
In Matthew 4:18 we read, "As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen." Andrew, Peter's brother, was one of the twelve; yet, unlike Peter who was always in the spotlight, Andrew served Jesus as more of a behind the scenes type of guy.
Andrew had been a disciple of John the Baptist. In John 1:35-36 we read, "The next day John [the Baptist] was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, 'Look, the Lamb of God!'" Andrew now decided to follow Jesus. In John 1:40 we read, "Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John [the Baptist] had said and who had followed Jesus."
We must not overlook or discount Andrew for Peter may have never come to Christ if it had not been for his brother's lifestyle and witness. In John 1:41-42 we read, "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 [Andrew] brought him [Peter] to Jesus." Andrew is the one responsible for introducing the great apostle, Simon Peter to Jesus.
In Matthew 4:19-20 Jesus said to Simon Peter and his brother, Andrew, "'Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.' At once they left their nets and followed Him." Andrew and Peter had decided to follow Jesus. They were now, "Fishers of men." Bringing others to Christ was Andrew's ministry. In John 6:8 we read, "Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish.'" Bringing this boy to Jesus may not appear to be a big deal to some. However, would the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes have happened without Andrew getting involved? I think not.
Andrew continued to introduce and bring others to Jesus as we read the following in John 12:20-22. "Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the [Passover] Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. 'Sir,' they said, 'we would like to see Jesus.' Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus."
We are not all called to be preachers or great apostles like Simon Peter; however, we can serve Christ as his brother Andrew did. We can search for the truth and introduce our loved ones to Jesus. As a result, I believe we will see miracles begin to happen. We are all called to become, "Fishers of men."
May we be encouraged as we strive to obey Christ's words in Matthew 28:19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Amen.