THE TELLING LOOK

 

Rooster crows after Peter denies Jesus 

     As a youngster growing up on the family farm in Louisiana my parents raised me by strict moral standards based on the Holy Bible. When at church and on other occasions, should my dad see me across the way appearing to be misbehaving in some way, all he had to do was give me a certain look and a warning slant of his head. I always knew what to do, and the consequences if I did not. 

     After three years of walking in the steps of Jesus the apostle Peter learned of a certain look, also. On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread preparation was made by Jesus and the disciples to eat the Passover. Matthew 26:17,18. After the Last Supper, Jesus reminds them of a prophecy foretelling of the Shepherd being struck and the sheep scattering. Then Peter declares that though others may stumble he would not, to which Jesus replies, ". . . Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." Matthew 26:31 - 33. (NKJV)

      Peter has in the past been so impetuous, declaring Jesus as the Messiah, walking on water, cutting off a guard's ear as Jesus is arrested. But, now, in the heat of the battle Peter is a gutless wonder. Christ has been arrested and taken before the High Priest. The disciples are standing about on the outside in the courtyard. Peter has already denied Jesus two times. In Matthew 27:73 - 75 we read, "And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you. Then he began to curse and swear, saying, I do not know the Man. Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. So he went out and wept bitterly." (NKJV). In relating this event, Luke adds these words: "And the Lord turned and looked at Peter." Luke 22:61. 

     The look that Jesus gave Peter was also the sweetest Gospel ever told. It reassured Peter that the more miserable he was, the more he needed the Savior. It reassured him that Christ’s invitation, “Come unto Me,” still held good for him. The tender, loving eye of his familiar Friend promised mercy and forgiveness. There was light and love, tenderness and compassion in that look, even for the man who had so cowardly denied Him.

     How often when we tell a risqué story, laugh at a dirty joke, go into a questionable place, tell a lie, take a stamp or pencil from work that is not ours, and on and on, are we aware that the Lord Jesus has turned and looked upon us! How often have His accusing eyes burned wounds deep into our conscience! Those same eyes reassure us of peace and pardon, also of mercy and forgiveness through faith in His atoning blood!

     There are times in the lives of believers when we intentionally fall into sin, and our heart cries out for the assurance of forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Savior. In all such times may we feel His loving eye looking upon us.

      Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.


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           THIS DEVOTIONAL IS #1 OF 5 IN A NEW SERIES BY DON BROWN....

           1. THE TELLING LOOK

           2. GAMBLING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

           3. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES

           4. THE SON OF MAN ASCENDS TO THE ANCIENT OF DAYS

           5. THIS IS THE DAY 

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Updated March 26, 2012

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