The Look

By , June 28, 2014

“About an hour later another asserted,
‘Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.'”
Luke 22:59 NIV

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“Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.

The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.’

And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:60-62 NIV

The look of our Lord into the eyes of terrified Peter, timed so precisely, was all that was needed to strike to the heart of the disciple—and it hurt him more than anything a whip could possibly do. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) wrote brief yet poignant poem entitled The Look. You might wish to look it up if you love poetry.

Jesus said nothing. Peter convulsed in weeping and fled the scene. Knowing Jesus, do you think that possibly His eyes teared up first? Certainly we would not think there was a look of anger or exasperation in the expression on our Lord’s face.

I choose to think that the look on Jesus’ face was one of loving concern and compassion, as He saw the agony and confused fear in the face of His beloved follower.

We may well believe that our Lord prayed at that moment for His disciple to be forgiven, just as He would pray a few hours later for forgiveness for those who nailed Him to the cross.

In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me,
Lest by base denial I depart from Thee.
When Thou seest me waver, with a look recall,
Nor for fear or favor suffer me to fall.

With forbidden pleasures would this vain world charm,
Or its sordid treasures spread to work me harm,
Bring to my remembrance sad Gethsemane,
Or, in darker semblance, cross-crowned Calvary.

Should Thy mercy send me sorrow, toil and woe,
Or should pain attend me on my path below,
Grant that I may never fail Thy hand to see;
Grant that I may ever cast my care on Thee.

When my last hour cometh, fraught with strife and pain,
When my dust returneth to the dust again,
On Thy truth relying, through that mortal strife,
Jesus, take me, dying, to eternal life.

James Montgomery (1771-1854)

One Response to “The Look”

  1. Robert says:

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. I posted an article on Montgomery’s hymn today, so your blog caught my eye. I do see a difference between Jesus praying while on earth–which we have ample Scripture for, and the notion that He is praying for us in heaven. I comment on that in my article, if you’re interested in taking a look. God bless.

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