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John 1:35-42 introduces us to Andrew, whose day we recognize on November 30. It's a surprisingly understated introduction. Really, John the Baptist is introducing Jesus. Two of John's disciples, given no name at first, start following Jesus. Eventually, in verse 40, we learn that one of the two is Andrew.
Andrew is the brother of Simon Peter, who, of course, is far more prominent in Scripture. Yet we notice that Simon Peter is introduced to Jesus by his very persuasive brother. Andrew tells Peter that they have found the Messiah. He brings his brother to Jesus. It almost seems forcible, though Peter is not generally a person to be forced into anything.
What is this powerful claim that Andrew uses on his brother? It is a claim to have found the Messiah, the one anointed of God, the one who will deliver Israel from bondage.
What troubles do we face? There is a Messiah, Jesus, who has come to rescue his people. What fears do we have? There is no place for fear in Christ. Are we aware of our failings, called "sin" in the Bible, and our need to be reconciled? Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He serves as the sacrifice, dying in our place.
While we meet Andrew and remember him with joy, we also remember that his work was to direct others to Jesus. He found the Messiah. Our prayer is always that we should continue in the work which he began, as the first of the disciples, by introducing others to Jesus.
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