Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter, John, James, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James, Alphaeus’ son; Simon the zealot; and Judas, James’ son— all were united in their devotion to prayer, along with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. -Acts 1:12-13
Andrew is not mentioned again in the gospels, though we can pretty safely assume he was right there in the middle of things throughout. But Andrew is no exception to the reactions of the disciples to Jesus’ crucifixion. They all fled.
But they also, all but Judas, returned. Andrew was among those named as gathering in an upper room in Jerusalem, awaiting the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, that Christ promised to send to them. “Then they returned”- those have to be among the best of good news words in all of Scripture. We all get distracted, and cranky, and afraid. We all get off the path of being a loyal friend to Jesus.
But then, then!, we return. Praise God!
Let me return to you in every way as I follow you intently in the coming days, O Friend, Jesus. Amen.
Take back a purchase that you know you didn’t need or really want. Bring that money as an offering Sunday, a symbol of returning fully to Christ.
Play a game: run from each other and then shout “Return!” and come back for a hug. Do this as many times as if fun! Then talk about what a gift it is to return to Christ.