When you think of Jesus’ disciples, the names Peter and Andrew may come to mind. These two brothers were actually Jesus’ first two disciples.
According to the Gospel of John, the first encounter between Jesus and Peter and Andrew occurred when John the Baptist pointed out Jesus, saying “Look, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:35-36). Intrigued, the two brothers began following Jesus.
When Jesus noticed them following him, he asked “What do you want?” to which they replied “Rabbi (which means Teacher), where are you staying?” (John 1:38).
Jesus invited them to come and see where he was staying, and they spent the day with him. This initial encounter had a profound impact on Peter and Andrew as they both decided to become his disciples.
Peter and Andrew were fishermen by trade, so it’s interesting to note that when Jesus called them to follow him, he said “Come, follow me..and I will send you out to fish for people” (Mark 1:17). This emphasizes the idea that Jesus called people from all walks of life to be his followers.
Throughout their time with Jesus, Peter and Andrew became key figures in his inner circle. In fact, Peter is often referred to as the leader of the disciples. Both brothers witnessed many miracles performed by Jesus including healings and feeding thousands of people with just a few loaves of bread and fish.
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, Peter became a prominent figure in spreading Christianity throughout the world. He is credited with writing two books in the New Testament – 1 Peter and 2 Peter. Andrew is also believed to have played a crucial role in spreading Christianity throughout Asia Minor.
In conclusion, Peter and Andrew were not only Jesus’ first two disciples but also played significant roles in spreading Christianity after his death. Their willingness to leave behind their livelihoods as fishermen for a life of following Jesus is an inspiration to all of us.