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The Disciple Andrew

Based on John 1:35-42

Room 101

Although Andrew appears to be overshadowed by his brother, Peter throughout the Bible, the Gospel of John gives us a few insights into his personality.  Andrew was a follower of John the Baptist.  One day a stranger approached John the Baptist and his group.  John announced that this stranger was the Lamb of God.  Andrew followed the stranger and was invited spend the day with him.  As the conversation evolved, Andrew realized that this stranger was Jesus, the Messiah that would become the Savior of the world.  Imagine the excitement Andrew experienced upon this discovery.  He immediately told his brother, Peter, “We have found the Messiah!” and brought him to meet Jesus. 

That phrase, “We have found the Messiah” was the theme of Andrew’s life and was selected as the title of the mosaic. 

The Gospel writer records two other brief incidents involving Andrew. First, it was Andrew who went searching for food and came forward with a boy who had a picnic lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. Note that Andrew was again bringing someone to Jesus.  Andrew knew that everyone was important to Jesus, even a young boy. As recorded, that lunch was blessed by Jesus and served over 5,000 people that day.  

The second event recorded by the Gospel of John tells how Phillip and Andrew brought some Gentiles to speak to Jesus and learn about who he was.

The artist reminds us that Andrew pointed people to Christ as depicted by the extended arm.  The hand of Jesus reaches down to affirm the love and forgiveness he has for all people of the world.  The four heads at the bottom of the mosaic suggest that the Andrew brought the message that he found the Messiah to the known races of that time period.  He traveled to Russia, Greece, Asia Minor and Turkey as a missionary reaching out to people with a hand of friendship and bringing them into a relationship with Jesus.  It is believed that he was crucified on a cross shaped as an “X” as portrayed by the white tiled “X” in his name. 

Andrew’s evangelism always seemed to be based on a personal friendship.  He brought others to Jesus because he himself was a friend of Jesus. Andrew was a loyal follower of him.  Nothing in Andrew’s life was as important as this transforming friendship with his Savior.  Utilizing his friendship with others was his vehicle to introduce them to a lasting relationship with Christ.

In memory of Mr. A.G. Guemmer

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Guemmer, Mrs. Louise Guemmer, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Mathews

Last Published: November 2, 2013 5:05 PM
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