Jesus in the Midst - Part 1 (1 of 2) by Ernest Easley

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Jesus in the Midst - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Luke 2:46; Matthew 18:20; John 19:18; 20:19-20
August 7, 2011

To you who are saved: is Jesus controlling every area of your life? And if not .. why not? What's so good out there that's better than God's best? What are you substituting with what the world offers for what God offers?
Listen to the challenge of Colossians 1.18b in speaking about Jesus, "that in all things He may have the preeminence." Do you know another word for "preeminence?" LORDSHIP! The LORDSHIP of Christ .. ruling and reigning IN our life .. OVER our life .. THROUGH our life!
Now I just have to tell you that when I think about the Lordship of Christ .. I feel like those two milk cows that were grazing one day near a fence line and noticed an 18 wheel truck that had pulled up at the farm house.
On the side of the truck were these words: Homogenized .. Pasteurized .. Purified: 100% Milk. The ole milk cow said to her grazing friend, "Elsie, it kind of makes you feel inadequate."
Well .. let me say to every child of God here: because you have been saved .. through Jesus … you are adequate .. especially when it comes to Lordship: having Jesus rule and reign over every area of your life.
Now take your Bible and turn with me to Luke 2. Now I want to tell you in advance that we're going to use our Bibles a lot today. In fact .. we're going to be looking at four different passages in four different books in the New Testament. For in them .. there is a reoccurring phrase that's going to help us learn some things about the Lordship of Christ.
Before we begin reading .. I want to tell you up front what the phrase is to be looking for:
Beginning in Luke 2.41 .. Jesus had gone with His parents to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Let's pick it up beginning in verse 42-45: "42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days ...

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