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Andrew was one of Jesus’ twelve disciple. He was Simeon Peter’s brother.Peter is usually considered the foremost among Jesus’ apostles. But he may not have even come to know Jesus had it not been for his brother Andrew’s zeal in finding the Messiah then telling his brother about Him.

The Gospels of Matthew and Mark give the appearance that Jesus just happened upon His first disciples, fishermen on the Sea of Galilee, when He called them (Matthew 4:18–20; Mark 1:16–18). But John’s Gospel gives the impression that Andrew had been looking for the Messiah at the time that Jesus called him. Andrew appears to have already been a follower of John the Baptist, who then pointed out the Messiah to him (John 1:35–40). Andrew’s unmistakable zeal to share the Messiah with his brother as well further supports the idea that Andrew had already been looking for Jesus.

In any event, Andrew’s simple belief in Jesus, and his immediate witness to the people close to him, gives all believers an inspiring example to follow. Andrew, his brother Peter, and Philip all came from the town of Bethsaida. While there is some dispute as to the location of this city, it is usually placed at the northeast corner of the Sea of Galilee. Herod Philip rebuilt this city in honor of Julia, the daughter of Caesar Augustus.