Faces on Faith: ‘The Look’
When you hear the phrase “the look,” what do you think of?
There are two main looks that come to mind when I think of “the look”.
One says, “Hey there. You’re cute! I’m available. Wanna chat?”
The other look is one that we have all learned from a parent or a teacher. I thought I would ask some of my teens from the youth group what they thought “that look” meant.
Answers I heard back were things like: “disappointed,” “Did you really just do that?” “You’re not doing what you should be doing!” “You are in trouble.” “Better pray to God bro cause I see trouble in your future” and “Don’t do what you’re about to do.”
It sounds like they have a good idea of what that “look” entails.
As I was reading in my devotions the other day, I read again of the account of Jesus and His Holy Week before His death, burial, and resurrection.
It was refreshing to once again visit this story and was a great reminder that these are events that we celebrate every day of the year, not just on Easter Sunday.
I came across the passage found in Luke 22:54-62 where Peter denies Christ and verse 61 says that, “at that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter.”
I thought it would be important to look into “the look” He gave to see what it entailed. Was it a look of anger, of shame, of disappointment, or a look of “I told you so”?
After all, Jesus had warned him already that he would deny Him.
After looking at the stories of the Rich Young Ruler found in Mark 10 and the Feeding of the 5000 found in John 6, we see that when Jesus “looked” at people, he looked at them with love and compassion even in the midst of personal trials.
I do not believe this was a look of anything other than love and concern for Peter.
After all, in Luke 22:32 Jesus told Peter, “Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.” NLT
Then in John 21, we see a great reunion of Christ with Peter where Jesus asks him three times if he loves Him, and in doing so, reinstates him into ministry.
It is encouraging to note that when we mess up, we have a God who loves and forgives us if we ask and repent. 1 John 1:9-10 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” NIV
-Pastor Kevin Schafer, Sanibel Community Church