by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 4 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: Visitor's Reception (3 of 4)
Series: Visitation From Space
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:10-13

We have learned how to send people to the moon-and get them back again. But we have not succeeded in solving many of the pressing problems on earth. Many despair that we ever will. So the news that God visited our planet to put matters right is exciting. Or is it?

I. When the Word Visited the World.

A. "He was in the world."
1. World-Gk. "Kosmos"-universe, the ultimate "ornament."

2. World-the place in the universe where mankind lives. 16:33

3. World-mankind that "dominates" the world. 12:19

4. World-hostile attitude common to mankind. 7:7; 15; 18

5. World-environment governed by evil "prince." 12:31; 16:11

B. "The world was made through Him."
1. A pristine environment-fundamentally "Good." Genesis 1:1

2. The shattering of "Shalom"-not the way things ought to be.


Part 4: Ramifications of the Visit
Series: Visitation From Space
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:14-18

John concludes his Prologue by calling Jesus "the One and only" to show us His uniqueness. If we are convinced that John is right about Jesus, the question arises, "What are the ramifications of the Word becoming flesh." Or, "So what?" and "Now what?"

I. The Conviction that Comes from Seeing His Glory.

A. "The Word became flesh."
1. "Word was God"-deity; "Word became flesh"-humanity.

2. Word "tabernacled" among us-Incarnation. See Exodus 33-34

B. "We have seen His glory."
1. Glory = God's majesty, brilliance, person, character, presence.

2. Glory that you would expect in "the one and only" Son.

3. Glory that was full of grace and truth:
a. Gracious consistency. Cf. Covenant. Exodus 34:6

b. Truth: Hebrews = trustworthiness: Greeks = reality.

4. Glory seen in "signs" (2:21) and cross. 12:27-28; 7:39

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