I got up this morning around 6:20 AM. I got up this morning recalling a dream about a wedding and the name came to my mind Byron Spradlin. I looked up the name Byron Spradlin on the internet and found he had been very busy over the last 44 years since I last saw him. I sent him Byron an e-mail and he e-mailed me back. I just wrote a long e-mail back to Byron. So this day has gone by.
Carol had a Woman's Bible Study this morning. While she was gone I wrote in my paper diary, filmed a video for my Youtube channel and read till 12 o'clock Noon from a book titled, 'The Life of Jesus Christ' Part One Volume 2 Chapters 41-92 by Ludolph of Saxony. When Carol got home it was around 1:30 PM. She had gone grocery shopping after the Woman's Bible Study and had visited a friend. I left to get gas for my van and for our lawn mower. It is that time of the year to mow our lawn. So I left got gas and on the way home I stopped at a thrift store to look at their used books but found nothing to add to our library. When I got home I mowed the lawn and then came inside to recover from that ordeal. I wrote some more in my paper diary and then read for awhile from a book/novel titled, 'Baba Yaga' by Toby Barlow.
Last night Carol left around 7:15 PM for a meeting at Covenant PCA and did not get home till 10:10 PM. While she was gone I read and listened to music. Carol went to bed soon after getting home from church. I stayed up and read late into the night from a book titled, 'Philip Roth: The Biography' by Blake Bailey. Now it is another day in the ongoing death flow. Existence keeps speeding by! Tomorrow we will be in the middle of the month.
This morning we read 'Poor Man's Morning And Evening Portions' by Robert Hawker for morning devotions. I will close quoting Hawker.
"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished."—John xix. 30.
Perhaps these words formed the sixth cry of the Lord Jesus on the cross. The glorious close of all his sufferings was now arrived; and full of these high ideas which occupied his holy mind, he cried out, "It is finished!" What is finished? Redemption-work is finished. All the long series of prophecies, visions, types, and the shadows of good things to come, which pointed to Jesus and redemption by him, were now finished in their accomplishment. The law was finished in its condemning power; and the gospel commenced its saving influence. Jesus, by that one sacrifice now offered, had for ever perfected them that are sanctified. The separation between Jew and gentile was now finished and done away for ever. Jesus had now "gathered together, in one, all the children of God which are scattered abroad." The iron reign of sin and Satan, of death and hell, were now broken in pieces by this stone cut out of the mountain without hands; and life and immortality, pardon, mercy, and peace, were brought to light, and secured to the faithful, by this finished redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ. The peace, the love, the favour of God the Father, was now obtained; and that spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus, which shall have no end, was from this moment set up in the hearts and minds of his people. The sure descent of the Holy Ghost was now confirmed; and the Lord Jesus already, by anticipation, beheld his Israel of old, and his gentile church, as well as Ethiopia and the multitude of the isles, stretching forth their hands unto. God. Full of these and the like glorious prospects the mind of Jesus was filled; and having received the vinegar, as the last prophecy remaining then to be completed, he cried out, "It is finished!" My soul, never let these precious, precious words of Jesus depart from thy mind. Do by them as Moses commanded Israel concerning the words he gave them; "let them be in thy heart, and in thy soul; bind them as a sign upon thine hand, and let them be as frontlets between thine eyes." Tell thy God and Father what thy Jesus hath told thee—"It is finished!" He hath finished redemption for thee; and He will finish redemption in thee. He hath destroyed death, both satisfied and glorified the law, taken away the curse, made full restitution for sin, brought in an everlasting righteousness, and opened the glorious mansions of the blessed as the home and rest of all his people. Oh my soul, let these dying words of thy Jesus be made by thee as an answer to all thy prayers, and begin that song to the Lamb, which ere long, thou wilt fully and loudly sing among the church above—"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood."