In the stories of the last day of Jesus’ life there is a particular interaction that now intrigues me more than ever. Then scene begins with Jesus telling Peter, “Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.” Over the course of a long night, Peter does in fact deny that he knows Jesus. Two things happen when Peter finishes his final denial: a rooster crows, and Jesus looks straight over at Peter. The story concludes with Peter going off and sobbing uncontrollably.

I’ve often wondered about that look that Jesus gave Peter: disgust, peeved, hurt, shunned… It wasn’t until a recent discussion that perhaps the look was one of deep and loving forgiveness.

What if that were the case? Even at the point of death, Jesus forgives. It fits Jesus’ persona much better.

How could this “look” change the entire way we follow and emulate Jesus?

Think about it, and if you want, share something about it.

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