In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about Peter’s betrayal of Jesus. When the Master looks at you, what “look” is he giving you? Here are some excerpts:

“…[After Peter denied Jesus,…] two things happened: a rooster crowed; and Jesus, as He was just then being escorted out through the courtyard, turned and looked Peter straight in the eye! All the Evangelists speak of the crowing of the rooster, but only Luke mentions this second factor which led to Peter’s devastating grief and ultimate repentance—the look Christ gave him:

“It was surely a look of PAIN.

“…Am I too denying my Lord, and causing Him grief and pain because of sin in my life—perhaps an unkind, unsympathetic attitude, a prejudiced judgment, a censorious, fault-finding spirit, a quick and uncontrolled temper, or some secret sin that no one knows about except me and God?”

“It was a look of PUNISHMENT.

“…What punishment it can be to realize, as we ought to, that Jesus knows exactly what we are! That punishment is inflicted by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit; but thank God, it is meant to do what the surgeon’s knife accomplishes—lay bare the cancer and prepare for its eradication…”

“It was a look of PITY.

“…Isn’t it wonderful to realize that God loves us even though He hates our sin? …His love never gives up on us. It never lets us go; it never lets us down; and it never lets us off…”

“It was a look of POWER.

“…But oh, the power of Christ’s look! It made Peter see his sin for the shameful thing it was, but it also opened the floodgates of sorrow and true repentance, and it kept his sorrow from turning into despair…

“And that is how you and I ought to see our sins…”

What do you see when the Master looks at you?…”


When The Master Looks At You. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


March 27, 1988

Luke 22:61

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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