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Peter Sees Jesus See Him

Passion Sunday C-19

Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago

“The Lord turned and looked at Peter” (Luke 22: 61).  As the cock crowed, as he denied him for the third time, Peter looked into Jesus’ eyes. But a few hours earlier, Peter thought he was ready to go with Jesus to prison and to death; yet he was not ready even to be identified as one of his associates.  In that moment Peter sees Jesus see him and know him.  Peter sees the ugly truth about himself. He sees further proof about Jesus: that he is the Messiah.  He sees the scale and tragedy of unfolding events all at once and he is overwhelmed.  Yet, for all that Peter saw in Jesus’ eyes that day, he did not see the resurrection.

Jesus came to put an end to all our scapegoating and sin accounting.  He came to set us right about God.  In Jesus we see God see us and know us. Yes—yet somehow despite this God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit now call you to come, to walk together following the way of the cross, from death into life. Amen.

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