Andrew, Disciple of Christ

Who was Andrew, disciple of Jesus Christ?

Andrew, disciple of Christ, was from the city of Bethsaida near the region of the Sea of Galilee (John 1:44). He and his brother Peter were a fisherman by trade. In fact, it was Andrew who introduced his brother Peter to Jesus (John 1:41-42). According to the Gospel of John, Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist (John 1:35-40) before becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

What were some main points in the life of Andrew?
  • He was involved in the feeding of a multitude by calling Jesus attention to the boy who had the loaves and fish (John 6:5-9).
  • Andrew (along with Philip) introduced some Greek fellows to Jesus (John 12:20-22).
  • Andrew inquired of Jesus regarding the destruction of the temple (Mark 13:3-4).
  • He was among the disciples who gathered in the upper room after they had been indwelt by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:13).
By studying tradition, we learn that Andrew preached in different regions and started a church in Constantinople. One account states that he refused to make sacrifices to heathen gods and was beaten and crucified at Patrae and Achaia. Andrew hung for approximately two days and during this time he praised God.

Throughout his life, Andrew was a man with whom many of us can identify. He expressed doubt at times, did not always understand or comprehend the Lord's teaching, and he occasionally lacked faith. However, Andrew persisted.

Are you a disciple of Christ? Are you learning and growing in the knowledge of Jesus and sharing your faith with others? Andrew gives us a great example of praising God in the middle of persecution.

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