When John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he exclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:29) Two of his disciples, Andrew and John, were standing nearby and heard him. They immediately left John and followed Jesus.
Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter and is mentioned several times in the New Testament. John is often referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” and was one of the twelve apostles.
Andrew was a fisherman from Bethsaida, a town near the Sea of Galilee. He is believed to have been a follower of John the Baptist before he met Jesus. After following Him that day, Andrew went to find his brother Simon and told him that they had found the Messiah.
Jesus later called Andrew to be one of His disciples and promised to make him a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19). Andrew became an evangelist, preaching in modern-day Turkey and Greece. He was eventually martyred in the city of Patras in Greece by being crucified on an X-shaped cross, now known as St. Andrew’s cross.
John was also a fisherman from Bethsaida and had a close relationship with Jesus. He is believed to have been present at many important events in Jesus’ life, including His crucifixion and resurrection.
John wrote five books in the New Testament: the Gospel of John, three letters (1 John, 2 John, 3 John), and Revelation. His Gospel is unique compared to Matthew, Mark, and Luke because it focuses on spiritual themes rather than historical details.
John’s relationship with Jesus was so close that he leaned against Him during the Last Supper (John 13:23). Jesus also entrusted Mary, His mother, to John’s care while He was on the cross (John 19:26-27).
In conclusion, Andrew and John were two of John the Baptist’s disciples who left him to follow Jesus. They both became important figures in the early Christian church, with Andrew becoming an evangelist and John writing several books in the New Testament. Their decision to follow Jesus changed their lives forever and set them on a path of faithful service to Him.