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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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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