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Andrew: Close and Constant

Andrew: Close and Constant

Jul 07, 2019

Passage:John 1:35-42

Preacher: Paul Tallaksen

Series: The 12 - Walk a Mile in their Shoes

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July 7, 2019
Pastor Paul Tallaksen
 
The Twelve: Walk A Mile in Their Shoes
 
Andrew: Close and Constant
John 1:35-42
 
“The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter.)”
John 1:35-42
 
Main Idea - Jesus calls us to a lifetime of faithful service.
 
“Of all the disciples in the inner circle, Andrew appears the least contentious and the most thoughtful.... Whenever he speaks—which is rare in Scripture—he always says the right thing. Scripture never attaches any dishonor to Andrew’s actions when it mentions him by name. There were certainly times when, following Peter’s lead or acting in concert with all the disciples, Andrew made the same mistakes they made... He was an effective leader though he never took the spotlight.”
John MacArthur
 
I. Andrew sought Jesus
 
“The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
John 1:35-38
 
When John the Baptist saw Jesus and announced, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”, he identified the man, Jesus of Nazareth, as the one who would suffer for our sins as foretold by the prophet Isaiah.
 
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our trans- gressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—everyone—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:4-6
 
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:3
 
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:1
 
II. Andrew and John stayed with Jesus
 
He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
John 1:39-40
 
It is one thing to start to follow Jesus; it is another to continue to follow him. How do ordinary people remain faithful in following Jesus?
 
Daily Bible Reading
Prayer
 
III. Andrew shared Jesus
 
“He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter.)”
John 1:41-42
 
Andrew shared Jesus:
 
- With Peter who eventually became the leader of the apostles
- With a young boy who had 5 barley loaves and two fit which Jesus multiplied to feed 5,000
- With Gentiles to before it was spiritually and socially acceptable
 
What was different about Andrew? God called him, and he responded to His call. He stayed closed to Jesus, and he shared Jesus with those he met.
 
Conclusion
“Andrew’s legacy is the example he left to show us that in effective ministry it’s often the little things that count—the individual people, the insignificant gifts, and the inconspicuous service. God delights to use such things because He has “chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base thing of the world and the things which are despised by God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
(1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
John MacArthur
 
We are created in the image of God, but all of us are sinners born with an image that is marred; we are spiritually broken. Andrew was a sinner like you and me. We may try many things to feel complete or to seek meaning in life, but only Jesus can give us what we need. Like Andrew, let us seek Jesus, follow Him, and we will find peace, meaning and fulfillment.
 
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:
Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)
Twelve Ordinary Men – John MacArthur (2002)