Andrew: The “Fifth Wheel” Apostle

One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. (John 1:40)

I want to be more like the apostle Andrew. Have you ever thought about him as a role model?

Follow the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and you will find Andrew present on multiple occasions.

  • Andrew was one of the first two documented disciples of Jesus (John 1:35-42)
  • About a year later, Andrew personally heard Jesus’ “fishers of men” call (Mark 1:16-20)
  • Andrew alone offered a solution at Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-14)

But there were also some truly monumental occasions when Andrew wasn’t included by Jesus.

  • Andrew wasn’t among the three who witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration (Matt 17:1-21)
  • Andrew wasn’t there when Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Mark 5:21-43)
  • Andrew wasn’t hand-picked to follow Jesus further into Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42)

How might the carnal side in many of us reacted?

  • Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, malice? (Eph 4:31)
  • Enmity, strife, jealousy, rivalry, dissension, division? (Gal 5:19-21)

And yet, where else do we read about Andrew?

  • Andrew continued to do what he could to connect people with Jesus (John 12:20-26)
  • Andrew continued to devote himself to prayer with the other disciples (Acts 1:12-14)

I want to be more like Andrew. He’s a living reminder to me of Jesus’ promise in Matthew 19:30, “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

This sermon was delivered on July 2, 2017.


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