Do you love me?

Luke 22:61 “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. He went out and began to weep bitterly.”

Jesus’ stare of love changes everything. When Jesus was being commended, Peter, one of His disciples denied Him 3 times.

Jesus could have looked at Peter with a face that said, “I told you so!”

He could have looked at him with disappointment and anger. How could you deny me, after everything I’ve taught you!?

Where his look could have said it all: All I ever asked from you was to follow me, and now you can’t even do that when I need you the most…

Jesus could have looked at Peter in any of those ways – they are all human reactions –

However, these looks don’t belong on the face of Jesus that Peter knew; the Jesus that we all know.

Jesus did not look at Peter with anger or bitterness but with love and mercy. I mean just imagine that look of love that moved and hit the depth of Peter’s heart. The look of YES Peter, your vivid testimony identifies you as one of mine even when you are denying me. I picture Jesus’ eyes saying, “I forgive you. I am with you to the end. I still love you, no matter what you do.”

And that look – that look of love, even when we feel undeserving of being loved – is what made Peter weep bitterly.

I mean, wouldn’t you?

I think that the look was pure and holy love…, which we cannot stand to see in our sin.  In our self-centered, we could understand anger or disappointment, hurt, or even an “I told you so!”  But when Christ continues to look at us with sincere and perfect love… it robs us of all self-centered and makes us see that pure and holy love that we sometimes we deny ourselves to see and feel.  We can’t bear to see him look at us with such pure and holy love when we’ve failed so miserably. So, like Peter, many times we turn our faces away and weep bitterly when we fail Him.

And that’s the worst mistake we can do. When we sinned, let’s continue to look in His face; we will see that this love accepts us.  It pardons.  It cleanses.  It relieves fault and removes shame.  It heals the broken and lifts the worthless. This loving stare always tells us, “Come to me.”

It’s a stare of the One who loves in such a way as take our sin as His own… to accept our guilt as if it were His… a love that emerges us to himself. 

As we go into this last part of Holy Week, let’s let Him stare at us like He did to Peter. Let’s be submerged in that stare of love.

Claudia Navichoque – Writer, unparalleleld love

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