July 18, 2019
60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus heard Peter disavow Him and He turned and looked at Peter. When Peter saw the Lord turn to look at him at his betrayal, Peter was devastated.
Every sin that we commit is a betrayal and denial of our precious Lord. And, in this regard I think we unfortunately maintain an attitude of a deistic impersonal God in heaven keeping tally. On the other hand, we like to also think that in hard and difficult times of trial Jesus is right there with us. So which is it?
“and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20)
Jesus is with us ALWAYS. He’s not just here with us in our difficult times of need. He’s here looking on every time we deny Him as well. Jesus died for us and has saved us from eternity in Hell, but we deny Him regularly. If our hearts weren’t so hardened, we too would be devastated by our betrayal of our precious Savior. We too would sense the reality of THE LOOK of Jesus.
Jesus foreknew Peter’s betrayal and He had foreknowledge of all our failings. He had a very real and personal foreknowledge of each of our sins. Because of His incomprehensible love for us, He took each and every one of our sins on Himself and paid the horrendous eternal death-price for it at Calvary. But, if when we betray Him, we were to see His LOOK, it would not be a LOOK of condemnation. It would be a LOOK of perfect love and compassion.
That’s what’s so heartbreaking; that we failed and betrayed the One Who loves us so much.
And a broken heart is the beginning of true repentance.
Blessings in Jesus,
July 18, 2019