“and the Lord turned and looked at Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” –Luke 22:61
I read Luke 22 yesterday and I find myself stuck on verse 61. Actually, I’m stuck on one word…”look”. While Jesus was being interrogated, he turned to look at Peter as he denied him for the third time. How did Jesus look at Peter? Was he angry? Was he upset? Was he sad? What kind of expression did Jesus have that caused Peter to weep so bitterly? I believe Jesus looked at Peter with great sorrow and pity. Peter was very confident in his strength and loyalty to Jesus. But Peter was relying on his own strength. Peter, now fearing for his own life, denied Jesus just as Jesus had warned him he would. Peter became so filled with sorrow for having denied and offending Jesus that all he could do was weep with severe grief and regret. I can only imagine the look on Jesus’ face and how that look filled Peter with such pain. I tried to remember the most gut-wrenching cry I’ve experienced and it probably pales in comparison to what Peter was feeling.
What would I have done if I was Peter? I can only pray that I would have had the strength and confidence in the Lord to overcome the persecution. I pray that Jesus will not look at me the way he looked at Peter. That is also my prayer for the body of believers in the times ahead.