Apostle Andrew and his devotion to Christ
Apostle Andrewand his brother Simon was from the village of Bethsaida. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist, he remembered how he called Jesus "the Lamb of God." So it was in reality. Indeed, the most important thing in the ministry of the Savior was not a sermon, not the miracles he did, but the sacrifice that He was destined to bring by experiencing death on the cross. That is why Jesus was called the Lamb of God, sent for the salvation of mankind. Andrew believed it one of the first. Therefore, it was called the First Called. He showed Christ the boys with bread and fish, which were later multiplied to feed the people. But basically the events of the life of the apostle are known from his Acts and Life.
When the Apostle Andrew, together with other disciples, went to preach to spread the Gospel, he was given the lot of the coast of Pontus Evksinsky, that is, the Black Sea. At that time, the southern shores were part of the “civilized world” - the Roman Empire, in the northern Black Sea coast lived barbarians, who were also called Scythians.
We do not know how far the apostle went in his wanderings, there are still some late traditions that he climbed up the Dnieper and consecrated the territory of the future Kiev, then moved to Novgorod land. Whether this is true, we cannot confidently assert, but one thing is certain: Andrew was the first of those who began to spread Christianity in the direction of Russia and Ukraine.
It is believed that the Apostle Andrew was in Byzantium, in the place where Constantinople was later built. He founded a Christian community there, ordained the apostle of the seventy, Stachia, as bishop. The life tells of the many healings, miracles and even resurrections that Andrew performed. At the same time, he was severely persecuted and persecuted by opponents of Christians. After traveling along the Black Sea, he went to Rome, where his brother Peter was at that time. Rule in this city was the emperor Nero, and unfavorable times came for Christians.
WhenApostle Andrewhe decided to return to his former places and stopped on the way to the Peloponnese, he witnessed persecutions against Christians and decided to defend them. At that time, the Roman governor Egeat ruled there.The apostle told him about the history of the creation of the world, about the first sin, about the Savior's sacrifice, about his death on the cross. After this conversation, the apostle was thrown into prison, near which many people soon gathered who wanted the release of the innocent.
But Andrew preached to sympathizers and asked them to come to terms with the execution, as he did. The apostle was executed on the cross in the shape of the letter X, on which the torment was more prolonged than on the ordinary. The saint hung on him for two days, and all this time until his death, he talked to the people and preached his Lord.