The Son of God among the Sons of Men Part 2: Jesus and Andrew -- By: Everett F. Harrison

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 102:406 (Apr 1945)
Article: The Son of God among the Sons of Men Part 2: Jesus and Andrew
Author: Everett F. Harrison

The Son of God among the Sons of Men
Part 2: Jesus and Andrew

Everett F. Harrison

II. Jesus and Andrew

Our knowledge of Andrew is limited, but if we had only the Synoptic Gospels to draw upon, it would be meager indeed. There he is scarcely more than a name, almost completely overshadowed by his famous brother Simon. He is pictured as a fisherman who was called by Jesus into His service at the time his brother was summoned (Mark 1:16, 17). Later he is seen sharing his brother’s house in Capernaum (Mark 1:29). Though his brother and his partners in business, the sons of Zebedee, became the members of the inner circle of disciples, Andrew “attained not unto the first three.” Yet on one occasion he joined himself to them in order to inquire of Jesus concerning things to come (Mark 13:3).

In the Fourth Gospel, however, we gain a clearer picture of his character and activity in the three scenes where he takes his place. A common element in them all is the office of intermediary which he occupies, bringing his brother Simon to Jesus, then the lad with the loaves and fishes, and finally the Greeks who sought audience with Jesus in Jerusalem at the last feast of Passover.

It seems that several Galilean fishermen had left their homes and occupations temporarily in order to hear the greatest preacher of the day who was drawing tremendous crowds to the Jordan River. Theirs was no idle curiosity, but a deep and intense purpose of heart to seek the will of God. John’s preaching must have stirred them powerfully,

especially the promise of One to come after him. So they lingered on in the hope of seeing Him.

The Baptist had a considerable following, so the presence of Andrew and John the son of Zebedee at his side on a certain day may indicate an especial closeness of these men to him. Yet he was quite prepared to sacrifice his own following, even the firstlings of his flock, for he must decrease if Christ was to increase. The preceding day had been memorable, for on that day Jesus had come to John, giving the latter an opportunity to proclaim Him as the Lamb of God that would take away the sin of the world. Today only two of his followers are at hand as Jesus appears again. But the situation is not the same, for this time Jesus does not come to John. The language of the text appears to suggest something deliberate, something prophetic. “John stood… Jesus…walked” (1:35, 36)...

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