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February 1, 2013

The look serves as an anchor

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Based on Peter’s own rash statement Jesus predicted he would fallaway. Peter subsequently became filled with pride, cussing, lying and denying Jesus Christ. Sound like anyone you know?

Then the most important moment in Peter’s life occurred. “…Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly. Luke 22:60-62.

The look from Jesus was a monumental shift for Peter. Peter, who had wept so bitterly, would later write in 2 Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” He was once a rebel but now a servant. What was once lost was now found in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

The message of the cross cuts through the riff-raff and looks right into the heart of your soul. Jesus died to address your heart problem. God has always been interested in your heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Breathtaking and pivotal is the look from Jesus Christ.

He is looking at you through the Gospel message of Saving Grace. His love probes and stirs your heart. Just as Noah found “favor in the eyes of God” so can you. You may feel far from help but salvation is only a look away. Will today be the life-changing moment for you?

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