Jesus was arrested and led away to the house of the high priest, while Peter followed at a distance. Some people built a fire in the middle of the courtyard and were sitting around it. Peter sat there with them, and a servant girl saw him. Then after she had looked at him carefully, she said, “This man was with Jesus!”
Peter said, “Woman, I don't even know that man!”
A little later someone else saw Peter and said, “You are one of them!” “No, I'm not!” Peter replied. About an hour later another man insisted, “This man must have been with Jesus. They both come from Galilee.” Peter replied, “I don't know what you are talking about!” Right then, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed.
The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered that the Lord had said, “Before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don't know me.” Then Peter went out and cried bitterly.
Earlier Peter had boldly declared that he would never betray Jesus. But then, as Jesus had predicted Peter denied that he even knew Jesus three times. It is a disturbing story about human enthusiasm and fleshly weakness.
Then Jesus looked at Peter and Peter remembered what the Lord had told him. You see when you look at the face of Jesus and you see Him looking at you, you will remember the things that He has said. If your gaze is elsewhere you will quickly forget everything Jesus has spoken to your heart.
That is the power of looking at Jesus. The secret of the victorious Christian life is to never quit looking at the face of Jesus. Every time you glance away from Jesus you will step into a place of confusion and forgetfulness about what He has said.
“Lord Jesus, today I seek your face so that I will not forget the things that You have said. Praise YOUR HOLY NAME forever. Amen!”