Discerning the Times by Ernest Easley

Discerning the Times
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Luke 12:54-59
April 2, 2006

And we are going to enjoy our choir and orchestra during our second annual Good Friday service on April 14th at 7:00 p.m. as they led us in worship that night. They are going to usher us into the presence of God that night for an incredible worship experience.

I know that whoever you invite to "come sit with you" that night, will be glad that they came. It will be a time of worship for those who are saved as well as a time of witness to those who are lost. So let me encourage you to use the "Come Sit with Me" cards during this Easter Weekend Celebration as we reach out to family and friends.

And for you who have declared your home a Lighthouse of Prayer for this Easter season (Praying .. Caring .. and Sharing) you will want to invite your neighbors to "Come sit with you" in one of our three Easter worship opportunities beginning with our Good Friday service. What a great time of year to be sharing the resurrected Jesus!

Now take God's Word and turn with me to Luke 12. Here we find Jesus ... a large crowd that had gathered along with the 12 disciples and Jesus is teaching. Luke 12.1, "In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all ...."

Although there were many people gathered that day .. Jesus had some things to say to just his disciples. We then read in verse 13, "Then one from the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." And then Jesus spoke a parable to the crowd answering this man's question.

Then we read in verse 22, "And He said to His disciples ..." So Jesus is going back and forth speaking to the crowd some things and then saying some things to just his disciples.

Now when you come to verse 54 .. Jesus once again address the crowd that had gathered. And the crowd that had gathered in that day . ...


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