Luke 22:61

The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times."

Luke includes this one detail about Peter’s denial of Jesus that none of the other gospel writers included in their narratives. “The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter”. The other three gospels tell about Peter hearing the rooster crow and then remembering the words that Jesus had said to him the evening before about his three denials . . . but Dr Luke includes this detail that Jesus looked straight at Peter . . . there was eye-contact made between them. Jesus gave Peter a “look”. That makes me curious. What did Peter see in that “look”?

I have been accused by members of my family of having a particular “look” that I give them when I don’t approve of their actions or words. Personally, I think that they are making it up!

But what was in that “look” between Jesus and Peter when the crowing of the rooster was heard?

It is interesting to me to read some of what Peter wrote in his first letter to the churches. In 1 Peter 3 he is writing about the importance of the way we live, act, and think as Christians. In the midst of his exhortation he quotes from the Old Testament. One of the verses he quotes is from Psalm 34:15 - For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous . . .but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”

When Peter’s eyes saw the eyes of Jesus he was suddenly overcome with remorse for what he had just done. He went to a private place and wept bitterly. What did he see in Jesus’s eyes? Was it condemnation? Was it anger? Was it “I told you so”? What was it that moved Peter to lose control of himself to the point that he had to weep? Could it have been that in that glance Peter saw the love of Christ, and he heard once again the words of Jesus when he said Peter I am praying for you???

The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.

Remember this fact, the eyes of the Lord are always on us. Sin has a way of making us think that God is not watching or God can’t see me now. Sin keeps us from looking at the one we need most when we fail. But the fact is, Jesus is watching.

What we learn from Peter’s experience is that when we fail the first thing we need to do is turn our eyes toward Jesus. Yes, it may lead to some bitter weeping, but that is the first step toward healing.

Secondly, I ask myself, what would have happened had Peter kept his eye on Jesus the whole time? Instead of trying to blend it with the crowd and keep warm by the fire, what would have happened in his heart and mind if his focus would have been about Jesus and not his own safety? When I read the book of Hebrews I am instructed to keep my eyes on Jesus like a runner keeps his eye on the finish line.

I don’t know what Jesus intended to communicate with the “look” he gave Peter – but here is what I think this morning – if we keep our eyes on Jesus, the love in his eyes will keep us from choosing to sin.

Hebrews 12:2

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, . . .

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Saturday       July 10, 2010   Luke 21-22 & Hosea 8

Sunday         July 11, 2010   Luke 23-24 & Hosea 9

Monday        July 12, 2010   Amos 1-2 & Hosea 10

Tuesday       July 13, 2010   Amos 4-6 & Hosea 11

Wednesday July 14, 2010   Amos 7-9 & Hosea 12