First published January 26, 2010.
Andrew is a connector. He brings people to Jesus.
The first person we know of is his brother, Simon. Andrew brings Simon to Jesus.
Jesus notices Simon. He looks at him. He sees him.
(Just as a thought experiment, imagine walking up to Jesus with your brother after listening to the excitement in your brother’s voice. You walk up, and he’s talking to someone else, and then he looks over and notices you. You realize that his eyes stop and look at you. The person who is, according to your brother, the Messiah and his eyes stop on you.
Jesus looks at Simon and tells him his name.
That is backwards. In normal situations, Andrew would have brought Simon and said, “Jesus, this is my brother Simon. Simon, this is Jesus.” They would have politely shaken hands and Jesus would have gone back to his other conversation.
Being Jesus, however, he’s the one who tells Simon who he is, who his dad is, and what his name will be.
What his name will be. Jesus has known him for, what, 10 seconds and already he’s changing Simon’s name.
That is, of course, what Jesus loves to do. He loves to say, “You think you know who you are. But I know who you really are, who you will be, who I created you to be. I know the name I use when I think of you.” Like the dad who calls his daughter “Beautiful” because that’s what he wants her to see, like the mother who speaking confidently about the stumbling piano scales because she hears the music on the other end, Jesus looks at Simon and says, “You are going to be as solid as a rock.”
When Jesus says, “I love you,” maybe he knows what he means.