Saturday, November 1, 2014


Today’s Reading: John 19

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).


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 the second time around on 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!


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!


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 remembrance elements of the Body and Blood of Jesus. The reason the Apostle quoted Jesus saying, “This do in remembrance of Me” (1 Corinthians 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,”


Later this month I expect, God willing, to spend time in Israel. I intend to report in my personal words from Bible locations. The 6 a.m. posting time in Toronto, New York, and Florida is already 1 p.m. in the afternoon in Israel. My comments will be fresh! Please tell others about the daily blog. Blessings!!!


17 thoughts on “Saturday, November 1, 2014

  1. Always horrendous to see how man’s inhumanity to man can happen so easily and for such selfish, bizarre reasons.
    Wondering where Joseph (Jesus’ earthly father) was and why Jesus’ mother was taken in by one of Jesus’ disciples?
    Praise the Lord for the chance to have our sins forgiven.
    Blessings fellow bloggers.

    • I wondered the same thing, Lynda. Checked Matthew Henry’s commentary, which explained:

      2. He tenderly provides for his mother at his death. It is probable that Joseph, her husband, was long since dead, and that her son Jesus had supported her, and her relation to him had been her maintenance; and now that he was dying what would become of her? He saw her standing by, and knew her cares and griefs; and he saw John standing not far off, and so he settled a new relation between his beloved mother and his beloved disciple; for he said to her, “Woman, behold thy son, for whom henceforward thou must have a motherly affection;” and to him, “Behold thy mother, to whom thou must pay a filial duty.” And so from that hour, that hour never to be forgotten, that disciple took her to his own home.

  2. Praise God He is risen and alive!

    Amazing Grace, Chris Tomlin

    “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”

    Amazing grace
    How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me
    I once was lost, but now I’m found
    Was blind, but now I see

    ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
    And grace my fears relieved
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed

    My chains are gone
    I’ve been set free
    My God, my Savior has ransomed me
    And like a flood His mercy reigns
    Unending love, amazing grace

    The Lord has promised good to me
    His word my hope secures
    He will my shield and portion be
    As long as life endures

    My chains are gone
    I’ve been set free
    My God, my Savior has ransomed me
    And like a flood His mercy reigns
    Unending love, amazing grace

    The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
    The sun forbear to shine
    But God, Who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.
    Will be forever mine.
    You are forever mine.

  3. Thank you Pastor David, I joined in prayer with you, and sang Amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me. PRAISE GOD “IT IS FINISHED” JESUS DID IT ALL!!! BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!

  4. Praise be to God, The Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I am so blessed to be considered a child of God. Truly is Amazing Grace!!!

    Blessings to all. Trust you are feeling stronger Beverlee.

  5. Amen and amen, love the hymn Jesus paid it all. I heard it on u.
    -tube but didn’t know how to get it on the blog. Blessings to all.

  6. Dear rev David M,

    Thank you again for a wonderful prayer which I also grab often to sing as a gratitude, a message to our Savior, Jesus Yeshua, our Heavenly father’s ultimate sacrifice.


    Beverlee, so good to see you stronger everyday. Thank You Lord, Thank You Jesus for our sister.

    Keeping you all in prayer.

    xxx Carole

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