Luke and The Lost
Overtime and experience teachers develop “the look” that can change behavior situations in an instant. If the teacher is well respected then all it takes is “the look” to get a class to settle down. A well developed “look” can also help an individual student confess to a crime without using any words. We just look at them until guilt takes over and they tell the truth.
Parents also develop “the look” without thinking about it. Their kids know by “the look” when they have crossed the line. The look for me comes from wanting the best for each person. I can’t seem to stop “the look”. What is it about “the look” from someone you love and admire that will stop you in your tracks and help you come to your senses with better thinking and behaving? It’s called unconditional Love.
Jesus had “the look” when he turned to Peter just after the third squawk of the rooster. Peter saw it and melted into a heap of tears of remorse and regret. Peter loved Jesus. Jesus loved Peter. This was not the end of their relationship.
We all make stupid mistakes and fail in our decision making of best choices. We feel “the look” from our Lord spiritually who helps us to stop, confess to ourselves and others we have offended and repent to our Lord. Then we get back up again, because of forgiveness set in place for us from Jesus Christ our Savior and keep moving forward. Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn. (Most times we learn.)
Luke 22, The Message
A Rooster Crowed
54-56 Arresting Jesus, they marched him off and took him into the house of the Chief Priest. Peter followed, but at a safe distance. In the middle of the courtyard some people had started a fire and were sitting around it, trying to keep warm. One of the serving maids sitting at the fire noticed him, then took a second look and said, “This man was with him!”
57 He denied it, “Woman, I don’t even know him.”
58 A short time later, someone else noticed him and said, “You’re one of them.”
But Peter denied it: “Man, I am not.”
59 About an hour later, someone else spoke up, really adamant: “He’s got to have been with him! He’s got ‘Galilean’ written all over him.”
60-62 Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about.” At that very moment, the last word hardly off his lips, a rooster crowed. Just then, the Master turned and looked at Peter. Peter remembered what the Master had said to him: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried.
Something to think about…
–Peter could have rationalized his actions to Jesus by saying, “I lied so I could stay close to you.” But he didn’t.
–Jesus understood Peter’s heart and knew his mind, that’s why He predicted what would happen before it happened. Peter remembered.
–Jesus knows our hearts and what’s in our minds and forgives us and loves us when we confess to ourselves and repent to Him.
–Mistakes and shortcomings do not change the love Jesus has for us.
–Repent as soon as you feel the look of the Savior. Turn and go the opposite direction. His best is what He wants for us.
–There is nothing we have done, are doing and will do that God will not forgive…to be remembered no more!
–Forgiveness is complete because of the love of Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross.
–Jesus forgives Peter. Relationship restored and made better. That’s how it is with Jesus…our relationship grows and gets better every day. Why? Because we begin to realize the depth of God’s love day by day and love Him back with more intimacy and intensity.
Dear Heavenly Father.
Thank you for “the look” from your Holy Spirit that convicts us to stop destructive behavior and thinking and pulls us back to a more full and intimate relationship with You. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. Thank you for Your love to us. Continue to work with me, but be gentle. All my trust, hope and salvation is in You.
In Jesus Name, Amen