Chapter-a-Day Luke 22

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At that very moment, the last word hardly off [Peter’s] lips, a rooster crowed. Just then, the Master turned and looked at Peter. Luke 22:61 (MSG)

As a child you come to know “the look.” As a parent you naturally learn to give it. “The look” is the most powerful tool of silent and deserved verdict. No words are necessary; No pious lectures required. You are caught red handed and you know it. You stand naked and alone in your shame. You are guilty as charged yet no one need utter the word.

There is just the look, and the unspoken truth of my own actions inscribes itself on my soul.

“I’ve disappointed the ones I care about.”
“I blew it.”
“I failed God, myself, and others I loved.”
“Sinner. Liar. Oathbreaker.”
“Unworthy.”
“Untrusting.”
“Unbelieving.”
“Prodigal.”

A picture may paint a thousand words, but ‘the look’ pierces the heart with ten thousand in a second. I would much rather have the angry diatribe. Scream at me. Yell at me. Give me the lecture. Just stop looking at me like that.

With one look, I feel the entire weight of my guilt and shame.

With that look, I find myself at the crossroads.

Which way will I turn?

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Luke 22”

  1. 41-44He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.

    I have been dealing with anxiety lately. Anxiety about finances which is directly tied to my employment. I am encouraged today by Jesus’ experience with anxiety. It puts mine into perspective. I can’t imagine Jesus discomfort with the thought of his death. Yet through it all, he had the clarity to perform a miracle in healing the soldier’s ear. This morning I attended a men’s Bible study over breakfast where we read from 1 Peter. I was reminded of the pain and “sharpening” we will feel as followers of Christ. All of this together helps bring my focus on the Savior rather than on my own discomfort today. God I thank you that these trials are temporary and ultimately for your glory.

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