ANDREW THE FIRST DISCIPLE
30 AD Jordan River Valley
Feeling released, they ran to the spot where the man left the road. They found a trail and followed it up to the hill. They actually lost sight of him when they were at the foot of the hill. When they got to the top, the trail ended and there was no sign of him. They split up. Andrew jogged to the north side of the hill. When he got there, he scanned downed the hill and saw him. Andrew whistled for John who was some distance away. John quickly turned and started to run towards him. Meanwhile, he kept his eye on the man who may be the Messiah.
They decided not to dash after him but instead follow from a discrete distance. For a day, they trailed him going north skirting the Judean highlands into Samaritan territory. It was about the tenth hour, when they were going around a bend on the trail they were following, the man was waiting for them.
“What do you want?” he asked with no hint of mistrust in his voice.
“Rabbi,” asked Andrew. “Where are you staying?”
Then, the man laughed a little from amusement. “Come and see.”
They followed him to a farm house not too far from the river. The farmer was leading some animals to a pen when he saw them. He was quite happy to see the man.
“Blessings to this house, my friend,” said the man “Can we impose in your hospitality?”
“Of course, Jesus. You need not ask.” The farmer invited them into his house where his wife was already setting food for them.
When Andrew heard his name, he realised that Jesus means ‘Yahweh saves’ or ‘Yahweh is salvation’. A Jewish mother would not boldly name her child so, unless… unless an angel told her so.
That night, John asked him, “Rabbi, are you the Messiah?”
“What had John, the Baptist said?” asked Jesus.
Andrew and John told him what the Baptist shared. He smiled at that and said, “The answer you seek will have to come from what you believe. Faith is not blind. Come. Let us sleep. We leave for Galilee at first light.
The next day, the farmer hitch up a wagon and took them to the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It was by good fortune than John found some fishermen and a boat that could ferry them to Bethsaida.
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