Thursday, November 1, 2012

FINISHED

Suggested Reading: John 19

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The view from the Garden Tomb area toward what many believe to be Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, where Jesus was crucified. You can see in the rock formation what looks to be a skull.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: John 19:30

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

For readers who’ve been with me since we began June 2nd, you know that we’ve completed the first three books of the Bible and that we are about to start Numbers. We’ve read of hundreds of animal sacrifices (they were used for food as well) and now these three words, “It is finished.” We could view again the video posted here some days ago which showed that, after Jesus’ death, God no longer accepted the animal sacrifices presented in the Temple (click here to view). Jesus proclaimed from the cross that His sacrifice for the sins of the whole world was complete. In Chapter 19 alone, there are 20 references listed in my Thomas Nelson Study Bible which indicate fulfilled prophecy by Jesus as He hung on the Cross. No wonder that soon after His death, thousands of Jews would believe in Jesus as the final sacrifice for sin. Jesus’ task in His suffering and death for sin was “finished,” but His triumph was not. As He told His disciples, after three days He would rise again. The victory celebration of His resurrection continues to this day. Amen! Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your “amazing grace,” as the hymn says, “that saved a wretch like me.” I sing that most beloved hymn now as I pray. Because of the fact that You finished Your sacrifice, I know that I can add nothing to that sacrifice by my own efforts. I simply accept that fact. Help me to share the finished work of the Cross with someone today. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the early days of exercising the call of God to be a Pastor, I rejoiced in the growth of the congregation. Rather than counting attendance at the services, I would count the precious people who partook of the elements of the Body and Blood of Jesus. The reason the Apostle quoted Jesus saying, “This do in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:23-26), was because, “It is finished.” As I will shortly read Numbers, I keep this fact constantly in mind. Hallelujah!

Yours because “It is finished,”

David

 

8 thoughts on “Thursday, November 1, 2012

  1. It’s fascinating to think that all of our history, all of the present and future time meet at this one moment when Jesus said “It is finished”. When those very words were stated, Jesus died and paid the full price for all of our sins both past, present and future.

    I know it’s hard to accept. In human strength or wisdom, it’s impossible. But with God all things are possible to those who believe. “It is finished” He said, Jesus came to complete what no one else could. He became the sin-bearer by dying on the cross for us all and thereby providing our salvation. This truth can’t be known by our human reasoning alone, only through eyes of faith can it be fully comprehended. Jesus invites us all to believe this awesome truth today.

  2. David, you shared a definition of sin as being anything less than Jesus was, and how we all fall into this catagory. The final sacrifice was completed in todays reading and nothing more or less can be added to this. Jesus Christ, our Saviour. “Let all heaven and earth proclaim … Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away…” His name lives forever!

  3. It’s so Wonderful and beyond our comprehension what Jesus has done for us!!! And He continues to be with us every moment of the day and every day whether we can sense Him or not!!! He is truly Amazing!!!
    The thought from Our Daily Bread today was:
    “Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.”
    May each and every one of you sense His Beautiful Presence today!!!

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