A Time for Everything

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A Sinful Man #3

A Study in Jesus dealings with Simon, brother of Andrew, who became the Apostle Peter.

And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:11, NIV

If we know God spoke from heaven when Jesus was baptized by John it is reasonable to believe Andrew knew about “the voice” as well. John the Baptist had more than his word to prove Jesus was the Messiah. John and everyone present at Jesus baptism heard God publicly acknowledge Jesus as his son. Andrew might have been present when the voice[1] said to Jesus, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.[2] If he wasn’t, he surely heard John and others talking about the voice from heaven.

The day after Jesus’ baptism John saw Jesus walking toward him and declared, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”[3] A mini sermon followed about Jesus being the one John had been talking about from the beginning of his ministry. John also testified about the events at Jesus baptism.[4]

At some point after these events, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  In Jesus absence John had additional fodder for his sermons. The one he said would come had now arrived and then disappeared. I doubt that stopped John from preaching the one he prepared the way for had come.

At minimum two months elapsed before Jesus returned to the Jordan River. Andrew was with John when John looked up and saw Jesus walking by and said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”[5] That declaration prompted Andrew to abandoned John and follow the lamb who takes away the sin of the world.

There is a difference between “Son of God” and “Lamb of God.” God’s sons are loved. God’s lambs are sacrificed to save the sons and daughters God loves. Why did Andrew follow a sacrificial lamb who takes away sin? As a disciple of John the Baptist he had already repented and been baptized in water.

Clearly, Andrew knew repentance is not enough to save us. Believers from the beginning of time have repented and received God’s forgiveness. Yet repentant believers still pay the penalty for sin – death. Repentance is enough for God to forgive us and return us to a right relationship with him, but repentance does not remove the consequence of sin. Someone had to pay the price to redeem us from death. When Andrew learned Jesus was the lamb that would pay that price he wanted to know more.

Jesus, aware two of John’s disciples were following him, turned around to ask the obvious question, “What do you want?”

Andrew acknowledged Jesus as Rabbi or Teacher. If Andrew had a question, he could have asked and then both continued their separate ways. Andrew wanted more than knowledge. He wanted to know where Jesus lived. I suppose you could say Andrew invited himself to Jesus’ house and Jesus said “Sure come on over” (my interpretation).

Being late in the day, approximately 4 pm, there would have been two hours of daylight before the sunset. At this point, we don’t know what transpired between Jesus and Andrew aside from Andrew and Jesus forming a relationship. We don’t know how long Andrew stayed. Jesus may have fed him and offered him lodging for the night. But one thing is clear. Being in the presence of Jesus persuaded Andrew he had found the Messiah. The first thing Andrew did was find his brother Simon and declare, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).”[6]

Simon had enough interest to accompany Andrew to meet Jesus. If Simon said anything to Jesus, it’s not recorded. We do know what Jesus said to him. “You are Simon Son of John, you will be called Cephas.”[7] Jesus words imply he spoke first informing Simon that he already knows who Simon is and who Simon will become. Learning Simon’s identity could easily be gleaned from Andrew. Only God could know Simon would become Cephas – a Rock.

Jesus had a relationship with Andrew but Simon may have been skeptical. After Jesus meeting with Simon, the following day according to John’s gospel, Jesus returned to Galilee. Andrew and Simon returned to their fishing business in Capernaum. One day Jesus went to Bethsaida, home town of Andrew and Simon. In Bethsaida, Philip became the first disciple to hear the words “Follow me.” Not Andrew. Not Simon destined to become a rock. Philip.

Jesus is a master fisherman of men. He knows there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.[8] Andrew and Simon’s time had not come yet.

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[1] Each of the accounts of Jesus baptism record a voice spoke from heaven, which leads credence to my conclusion that John the Baptist was not “the voice” in Isaiah 40. The “voice” was God’s voice.

[2] Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22

[3] John 1:29

[4] John 1:29-34

[5] John 1:36

[6] John 1:41

[7] John 1:42

[8] Ecclesiastes 3:1

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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