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Sermon Series: The 12 Apostles of Jesus

Sermon Number 6

Apostles Peter and Andrew

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He Loves Us Anyway!
introducing the apostles Peter and Andrew
Sermon based on Luke 22:31-33, 54-62;
John 21:15–17
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Peter and Andrew were brothers but they seem to have been quite different. Andrew was the one that discovered Christ first; he had been a disciple of John the Baptist. He saw Jesus for the first time when John baptized him in the river Jordan and called him the “Lamb of God.” It was Andrew that made the astonishing statement that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah. He brought his brother Peter to Jesus, and both of them followed him and became disciples and, later, apostles. Andrew seemed to be a deep thinker theologically, whereas Peter often seemed to have made confessions before he truly understood.

One time, Peter repeated his brother Andrew’s words when Jesus asked: “who do you think I am?”  Peter blurted out: “you are the Messiah, the son of the living God!” Only, it turns out he didn’t really understand what exactly these words meant, because when he opposed Jesus’ next words about having to suffer and die, he said: never! And remember what Jesus said? “Get behind me Satan.”  I can imagine Andrew rolling his eyes thinking: “that’s my loud-mouthed brother!”

And it’s not like Peter takes this lesson to heart for next time. He just continues to speak up boisterously. At the Last Supper, when Jesus talked about how all of the disciples would be failing him, Peter swore: “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” And Jesus answered him, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” ......

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