by Ernest Easley

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Praying with the Savior - Part 1 (28 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
John 17:1-5

John's gospel is the good news regarding the person of Jesus Christ! And it is that gospel that we turn to this morning as we continue our series of messages under the heading: BEHOLD THE LAMB!

One day as John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him .. he said, ''Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.'' (John 1.29)

He is not only Lord Jesus; He is Lamb Jesus!

And it is Lamb Jesus that we worship for He is worthy to receive glory and honor and power! It is Lamb Jesus that we honor for He is to have the preeminence in all things! It is Lamb Jesus that we lift up for He draws all people unto Himself! And it is Lamb Jesus who is at the center of John's gospel!

Now as we move into chapter 17 . . . we move from the parable of Jesus in chapter 15 regarding the vine and the branches and then from the promise of Jesus in chapter 16 where He tells us of the convicting power of the Holy Spirit . . . to the prayer of Jesus in chapter 17.

Chapter 15 . . . the parable of Jesus. Chapter 16 .. the promise of Jesus. And now chapter 17 . . . the prayer of Jesus. This morning we are eavesdropping on the greatest prayer ever prayed!

Now somebody says, ''Why do you say the greatest prayer ever prayed?'' Well .. because of the person of the prayer: Jesus is praying! And because of the period of the prayer: hours before the cross. And because of the purpose of the prayer: that He may be glorified and that He might glorify His Father!

You see .. this really is the greatest prayer ever prayed. In fact .. it is the longest prayer in the Bible. But that doesn't make it the greatest prayer. I've heard some long prayers there were not necessarily great prayers.

Don't think you have to pray a long prayer for it be an effective prayer! I mean .. this is the longest prayer in the Bible and yet .. if you read it .. it can be said in about three minut ...

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