There is a now-familiar gesture where a person points to himself, then points two fingers at his own eyes, and then points to another person. That little hand motion means, I’m watching you! Jesus may have made that gesture when Andrew brought his brother, Simon Peter, to Him.
And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas (which, when translated, is Peter)” (John 1:42).
The name Cephas is based on the Aramaic word kepha, meaning ‘rock.’ The name Peter is based on the Greek word petra, which also means ‘rock.’ Jesus was looking into Peter, seeing potential stability and weightiness, and giving him the nickname, ‘The Rock.’ In that culture at that time, your name represented your lineage and your character.) Jesus saw something foundational in Peter that others hadn’t noticed.
Jesus told Peter, “I’m watching you.” Jesus knew Peter, understood all his faults, and yet also knew his potential more than anyone else. When Jesus looks at you, He doesn’t just look at you; He looks into you.
Life Question: Is there anything in your heart that you are trying to hide from God?