The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Peter has just denied Jesus for the third time. As we saw in the last post, Peter is neck-deep in self-reliance at this moment. In his time of trial, Peter has turned inward.
A Spiritual Stupor
Before we address the verse above, look back and see the description Luke gives between Peter’s second and third denial:
After about an hour had passed, another man began to insist, “Certainly this man also was with Him…”
Interesting isn’t it? Luke thought it was important for us to see the amount of time this scene took to play out. Is he simply keeping a record for us to follow? Or is the Holy Spirit looking to tell us something very specific? I believe it is the latter…
In his retelling of this scene, Luke shows us that an hour passed between Peter’s second and third denial. This is very significant. Notice how there is no mention of remorse or regret during this span of time…Peter just kept sitting by the fire; his self-reliance produced a spiritual stupor. This numbing stupor made it impossible for Peter to understand his dire circumstance and the depth of what he was doing.
Even in this dark moment, Jesus never lost sight of his disciple. Upon hearing the crow of the rooster, Jesus knew that the word he had spoken had become reality…Peter had denied Him for the third time. Yet, rather than abandon Peter in his current circumstance, Jesus takes the initiative and begins Peter’s restoration.
Awakened by Jesus
Luke tells us that Jesus, “turned and looked at Peter.” His use of language is very intentional. The Greek word for “look” (emblepo) is an intensified form of the normal Greek word for “look” (blepo.) Why is this significant? Rather than tell us that Jesus turned and looked at Peter, this intensification of “look” tells us that Jesus looked into Peter.
Jesus turned and locked His gaze upon Peter. Their eyes met and immediately Peter was awakened on the inside and he remembered the word of the Lord. With one look, Jesus shattered Peter’s spiritual stupor and brought him back to the truth; the Word of God. Upon remembering the truth, Peter ran from his current situation and wept bitterly, awakened and aware, ready to be restored to Jesus.
I am so encouraged by Jesus; He never lost sight of Peter. His love never wained, never grew cold. He brought Peter out of his darkness and awakened him with the truth of His word. Truly, Jesus is faithful!
Be encouraged. Wherever you are in your relationship with Jesus, you can know this with certainty; Jesus has not and will not take His eyes off of you. He is always concerning Himself with your good. He loves you and is ready to awaken you to Himself. Let Him look into you today!
2 thoughts on “– The Sifting of Peter – Awakened”
I’ve seen that look many times in my own life and it’s conviction of my failure and self-reliance is sickening to the Spirit of Christ within me…shameful, disgusted with myself, unworthiness, fear of rejection, sadness, unrest in my soul….all because of my choices to deny my faith in my Lord…the choice to do what I think is good for me. And when I see”look” of my Jesus that’s what saddens me most. His eyes never condemn me but the hurt that He feels is not for Himself but for me…He prays for me and says forgive her. I fall at your feet this day, and I thank you for loving me so much and forgiving my sins… I know your timing in my life on my journey with you is perfect. I know that everything I am is because of who you are in me…may you be glorified this beautiful day that you have given us to live…and may I not give in to temptations which may come my way….let me overcome my circumstances and not be under them…I thank you for the wisdom of your words today….
Thank you for your sincerity and love for Jesus. Your comment brought a Psalm to mind..
“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name…
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit…
What a redeemer we have in Jesus!
Thank you for reminding us of that today,