John 1:40-42 (New Living Translation)
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John— but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).
Andrew’s brother Simon Peter is arguably the most famous of Jesus’ twelve closest disciples. Peter is known for his passion and impulsivity. But it is Andrew who brings Peter to meet Jesus. It’s Andrew’s curiosity about John the Baptist’s testimony that led him to find out more about Jesus. And once Andrew had met Jesus, he quickly decided to follow him.
He could have kept this life-changing decision to himself. But he just can’t help himself! He is so excited! I can just imagine Andrew running as fast as he can over to his brother, and breathlessly telling him,
“We have found the Messiah!!!”
Okay, so the New Living Translation doesn’t have it, but I can’t help but think that there would be at least three exclamation points at the end of that statement! And probably some underlining and bold, as well. After all, that is quite the proclamation Andrew is making. The Jewish people had been waiting for generation upon generation for the arrival of the Messiah, and Andrew has declared that the moment has finally arrived!
If John the Baptist is the first prophet in our Lenten story, then Andrew is our first evangelist. He just can’t help himself!
When was the last time you were so excited about something in your life that you just couldn’t help talking about it? When was the last time you felt that way about God?