It amazes me that people are able to communicate with each other just by having a certain look on their face. A mother can give her child a certain look and the child knows they are in trouble. A young man, trying to win the heart of a young lady, can tell by the look on hrt face whether his efforts are welcomed.
When Jesus Christ walked this earth, He conveyed a range of emotions by the way He looked at people.
- Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them…”
- Mark 8:33 “Jesus turned around. He looked at His followers and spoke sharp words to Peter…”
- Mark 10:21 “Jesus looked at him with love…”
But the most notable look that Jesus gave anyone was when He looked at Peter after Peter betrayed Him. Luke 22:61 “Just then, the Master turned and looked at Peter. Peter remembered what the Master had said to him: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried.”
But Luke fails to describe what that look conveyed. Anger? Sadness? Disappointment? Compassion? Though no one can say for sure, I am inclined to believe it was a look of compassion.