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)
There are two primary ways we communicate with each other: verbally and non-verbally. Facial expressions are a whole language unto themselves. Two people who know each other well, say for example, a couple who have been married for 25 plus years, can almost carry on a complete conversation without ever uttering a word.
Peter knew Jesus well. Not only was Peter with Jesus virtually 24/7 for 3 years, but Peter was one of Jesus’ three favorite people (Mark 9:2). Because of this Peter was privy to conversations with Jesus that the other nine disciples were not even aware of. Do you think Jesus looked at Peter in an “I told you so” kind of way? No, I think Jesus looked at Peter in a kind, loving, and I understand way. That look from Jesus made Peter feel even worse. How many times have we denied knowing Jesus to our non-Christian friends, just so we won’t be ousted from the group? If you aren’t witnessing to those friends, you are denying you know Christ, without having to say the words.
Jesus loves us. How do we know? He went to the Cross for us. Jesus has forgiven all our past and future sins (Matthew 26:28). It’s so awesome to think the Creator of this world knows me by name, has conversations with me through prayer, and answers everything I ask of Him. He knows you, too! How can we possibly be dejected when we know we have a Savior who loves us so much that He will drop whatever He’s doing just to be with us? AND, He asks almost nothing from us in return. We can’t see Jesus’ facial expressions, but most assuredly He looks at us in a very kind, very loving way.
If you don’t know Jesus, why? What is more important than Him? Talk to Him, TODAY!
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Investing Our Life on May 4th, 2019 - Watch Sermon