Sermon Notes 2019 02 10 PM

February 10, 2019 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1880
#1 in series

This is Holy Ground
John 17:1-5


The greatest prayer ever prayed was on the night of Jesus' betrayal. At His lowest point, facing His trial and the cross, Jesus soars into the heavenlies and prays for His disciples and, yes, even for us. If you want to know what God the Son is doing right now, you need to engage in this study. It will stretch you, encourage you, and strengthen you. The Lord is praying for us, and what He prayed over 2,000 years ago still applies today.

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“You must not only teach your pupils, but you must seal your teaching with prayer. Prayer and teaching go hand in hand. Prayer and preaching go hand in hand. Jesus prayed for them after He taught them.” – Adrian Rogers

“In John 17, the veil is drawn aside, and we are admitted with our Great High Priest into the holiest of all. Here we approach the secret place of the tabernacle of the Most High, therefore it behooves us to put off our shoes from off our feet, listening with humble, reverent and prepared hearts for the place where we are standing is indeed holy ground.” – A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

“It sounds so honest, so simple; it is so deep, so rich, so wide, no one can fathom it.” – Martin Luther (1483-1546)


John 1:1-18 The Preface or Prologue

John 1:19-12:50 The Public Ministry of Christ

John 13-17 Christ’s Last Night on Earth

John 18-20 Gethsemane, the Cross, Resurrection

John 21 Epilogue Linking the Gospel to Acts


The place of the Upper Room is significant. We don’t know the exact location, but we do know at least five key events happened there.


The disciples were forced to make major adjustments. The Lord had been with them, but now He was going away. He teaches them in the area of relationships and the key to unity and power.

John 13: Their relationship to __

John 14: Their relationship to __

John 15: Their relationship with __ in regards to their witness and work

John 16: Their relationship to __ that hated Jesus and would hate them

John 17: Their understanding of __


This section ties us all the way back to the Tabernacle. Remember, everything in the Tabernacle and sacrificial system was to help Israel identify the Messiah. He would, in one person at one time, fulfill all that was needed to cover sin and save the lost.

John 12:

John 13:

John 14:

John 15:

John 16:

John 17:


Jesus’ last words before He is taken away for a mock trial are the most important in His heart and mind, knowing His hour had come.

Dr. Wilbur Smith lists eight principle subjects in this discourse: God the Father, Christ the Son of God, the Word of God, Christian conduct and character, the Holy Spirit, the life to come, the world in which believers live, Satan and his world.

There are at least 19 times when we see Jesus praying in the Gospels.

Why did Jesus need to pray?

“...two things about the Old Covenant were symbolized; it was not permanent, and it could not bring the people into the Promised Land. It was temporary and it could not save. Neither the law (represented by Moses) nor the sacrifices (represented by Aaron) could deliver from the wilderness of sin and bring them into the land of salvation.” – John MacArthur

Three aspects to this prayer: