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					Series: “Meltdown to Masterpiece”                                       SLIDE –
                                                                          •   Joseph – Classic! He lived in meltdowns!
        It’s All In How You ‘SEE’ Them!                                          o Found himself on the outs with his 10 brothers
                              John 20                                            o Found himself in a physical pit (sell him or kill him!)
                   Easter Sunday – April 12, 2009                                o Found himself in prison
                        Pastor Corey Sateren
And that is precisely what Easter Sunday is all about, is it not? To
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remind us that in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone (as the song        •   Moses –
states) we can make it through and keep on going when the tough                 o Killed a man
times of life come crashing in! Whether they are…                               o On the run for 40 years
                                                                                o Next 40 wandering in the Wilderness (sins results)
    • Economic recessions
    • Housing crises                                                    SLIDE –
    • Stock Market failures                                               •   David –
    • Unemployment setbacks                                                      o Chases by King Saul through the wilderness for 15 yrs
    • Illnesses                                                                  o King – son Absalom raises an army to destroy him
    • Even to the point of death
…Jesus Christ has overcome the world and all the trials and             SLIDE –
tribulations that it throws at us. And how does Jesus overcome all of     •   Isaiah –
our trials and tribulations?                                              •   Jeremiah – “weeping prophet” for nothing!
Listen now: By His resurrection from the dead, which is what this       SLIDE –
day (Easter) represents and reminds us of each year! And if ever we       •   Daniel –
need and Easter Sunday…this is a grand year for it!                              o Home town is slaughtered
In fact, think about our term ‘meltdown’ for a moment. It isn’t                  o He is taken as a slave to Babylon at 15 stays for life
anything new! The Bible is full of ‘meltdowns’. Think of…                        o Starts in prison
                                                                                 o At the end of his life in a ‘lion’s den’ for doing right!
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   •   Adam & Eve –                                                     SLIDE –
          o Garden of Eden; sinned; booted out;                           •   Jonah – talk about a ‘meltdown’!
          o Eternal life – death                                                 o Asked to go to Nineveh (skinned people alive!)
                                                                                 o Finds himself in a storm at sea; only way out of it was
SLIDE –                                                                              to throw himself overboard (fun!)
   •   Cain & Abel –                                                             o Swallowed by a gigantic fish; in the belly for 3 days
          o Cain’s meltdown cost Abel his life                                   o Vomited out!
SLIDE –                                                                          o Asked again to go to Nineveh!
   •   Abraham – many!                                                  SLIDE –
          o Egypt – asked Sarah to call him is sister                     •   Birth of Jesus –
          o Hagar – had a child with her instead of Sarah - trouble               o Herod sent an all-out bulletin to kill all the babies born
          o Offer Isaac –                                                             who were 2 years old and under! Every family had a
                                                                                      meltdown!
SLIDE –                                                                But today is Easter Sunday! Easter Sunday was born out of a
   •   All the people who were sick during Jesus time and many to      ‘meltdown’! And from it…came a “Masterpiece”!
       the point of death –
           o From a man born blind                                     SLIDE – It’s All In How You ‘SEE’ Them!
           o To Woman with a flow of blood for 12 years                Take your Bibles, please and open them to the New Testament book
           o Demon possessed                                           of John (Matt./Mark/Luke/John). John 20. If you didn’t bring your
           o Lazarus – Jesus friend who died (Mary & Martha had        Bible with you today I would encourage you to grab that burgundy
               a meltdown in John 11)                                  colored Bible around you and turn to page 1074. (Raise hands for a
                                                                       Bible and someone will come by and hand you one!)
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   •   Apostle Paul – His whole life as a Christian was one            You know the events. And talk about a ‘meltdown’…
       meltdown after another!                                            • Jesus was supposed to be the Savior of the world
          o Stoned (with rocks) and left for dead                         • Jesus was supposed to deliver the people from the enemies
          o Run out of towns                                              • Jesus was supposed to make all wrong right
          o Put in prison at least 2 times                                • But what went wrong?
          o Killed for preaching the gospel                               • Jesus was betrayed; captured; beaten; crucified; died; buried;
                                                                             and left for dead!
But notice – out of each meltdown came a “masterpiece”.                   • All the hopes; dreams; expectations; and aspirations were
(Go over each one again pointing out the “masterpiece”.)                     dashed!
                                                                          • It really was a meltdown!
          KEEP SLIDE HERE WHILE I GO OVER
   EACH PERSON AGAIN SHOWING THE ‘MASTERPIECE’!                        OR WAS IT? It’s All In How You                ‘SEE’ Them!
                                                                       READ (note the words underlined)
                                                                       SLIDE – John 20
God was working in each meltdown to produce glory for Himself (a       Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary
‘masterpiece’ if you will). You see, you and I need to remember that   Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been
in each ‘meltdown’ (as the old children’s song says)…                  removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and
SLIDE –                                                                the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the
       “God still has the whole world in His hand!”                    Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
Do you need to be reminded of that today? Could it be that YOU are     SLIDE –
having a ‘meltdown’ at this very moment? Or if not right now, you      So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were
probably will in the future!                                           running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb
   • Family                                                            first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but
   • Job                                                               did not go in.
   • Children
   • Health related                                                    SLIDE –
   • Depression/Anxiety                                                Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the
   • Relationship                                                      tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth
           o Divorce                                                   that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself,
Each ‘meltdown’ is what ‘masterpieces’ are made of!                    separate from the linen.
SLIDE –                                                                    But, he too, wasn’t listening very well when Jesus was instructing
Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went      everyone on the resurrection! So, he was having a meltdown!
inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from
Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)                           By the way, please note…the number one reason that you & I have
                                                                           ‘meltdowns’ – is the same reason Mary and John and Peter were
I want to show you in our event of the resurrection today…that             having a meltdown. Because we haven’t listened to the truths of
“meltdowns” are all in how you see them! What do I mean?                   Scripture very well. Have you noticed that?
You recall that I asked you to notice the words I had underlined in        You see, in the midst of our meltdowns those claims of Scripture set
each section of scripture. Look at them again with me…                     our minds and our hearts at peace.
SLIDE – John 20                                                            Like Carole Carlson: pg. 106
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary          (When Your World Falls Apart – David Jeremiah)
Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been
removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and          All those Scriptures guide and direct us in our times of ‘meltdowns’.
the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the    I know many of you have experienced that, as have I. But if you are
Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"          one that is frazzled in your meltdowns…try listening to the truths of
                                                                           Scripture a little closer. Maybe you need to pay closer attention
Blepo – to glance!                                                         NOW! Before the meltdown happens, so you will know the truths
What it tells us is that Mary, in the midst of her ‘meltdown’ – didn’t     ‘when’ they happen.
pay a whole lot of attention to the details of what was happening. If
she had she would have recalled…                                           And we see that Peter was also going to have a ‘meltdown’…
    • Prophesies in the Old Testament (Psalm 22 & Isaiah 53)               SLIDE –
    • Declarations by Christ Himself (John 16:16)                          Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the
But, she wasn’t listening very well when Jesus was instructing             tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth
everyone on the resurrection! So, she was having a meltdown!               that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself,
                                                                           separate from the linen.
But she was not the only one having a meltdown that day. Peter &
John were as well. Look at the next verses…                                Theoreo – contemplate; theorize.
                                                                           Here Peter saw the strips of linen all just lying lifeless on the slab of
SLIDE –                                                                    rock. He saw the burial cloth folded up neatly where the head had
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were            been wrapped…and he thought; theorized.
running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb
                                                                           What do you suppose he theorized? Things like…
first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but
did not go in.                                                               • The worst – someone came and took Him! But why?
                                                                                     o Maybe – they are going to come look for us too!
This word ‘looked’ is also the Greek word – Blepo – to glance!               • The possibilities –
                                                                                     o Was He really dead?
What it tells us is that John, in the midst of his ‘meltdown’ – didn’t               o Could have He survived?
pay a whole lot of attention to the details of what was happening. If                o With all the miracles He did…you never know?
he had he would have recalled…                                               • Never the best –
    • Prophesies in the Old Testament (Psalm 22 & Isaiah 53)                         o He resurrected!
    • Declarations by Christ Himself (John 16:16)
You and I theorize in our meltdowns, don’t we?                               •   And He had to rise to PROVE that every word that is written
   • We theorize the worst!                                                      in this Bible is true!
   • We theorize the possibilities                                                   o Isn’t any greater proof!
   • Seldom do we think of the best (God has us in mind)                             o No one! No one – had ever risen from the dead with a
                                                                                         new and transformed body.
That brings us to John…                                                              o He was the first!
SLIDE –                                                                              o If He could do this…then everything else talked about
Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went                    in the Scriptures are true as well.
inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from
Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)                          Let me ask one question today…
                                                                              • Do you believe?
This word “saw” is “Eido” – click/understand                                  • Do you believe that your sin and my sin keep us separated
It means that at this point John looked at what was going on and it all          from God?
‘clicked’ in his mind!                                                        • Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty
    • “Oh yes! I remember! He said he was going to rise again!                   God had for our sin?
        And He did! That is what happened!”                                   • Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter
                                                                                 Sunday some 2000 years ago?
Now catch this next word…and ‘believed’!
And it is at this point that God wants you and me to be at going              • Do you believe that you can have your sins forgiven by Christ
through our meltdowns. To believe! Believe in His word; believe                  supernaturally transferring your sin onto Him and His
the Scriptures; believe that what He says will actually take place;              holiness onto you?
believe because of who He is; believe because of what He has done             • Do you believe that can happen today, if you have never
over all the years; believe!                                                     allowed Him to do that before today?

Now, over the next two weeks we are going to be talking about what        If you do, will you, like the Apostle John, let it click and make a
it is we are to believe as we go through our meltdowns…whether            conscious decision to believe His word and receive Him as your
they are financial; health; family; marital; whatever they are.           Savior…today?

But today being Easter Sunday – I want to focus on our spiritual          Bow…
meltdown and ask every one of us how we are ‘looking’ at; how we          SLIDE – PRAYER
are ‘seeing’ the truth of what Jesus Christ has done for us.              Dear Jesus,
                                                                          I know my sins have come between us, and I stand as guilty as those
Look at that last sentence in our set of verses:                          who nail You to the cross. But I believe that because of your death
(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise      and resurrection You have put an end to the punishment of death I
from the dead.)                                                           deserve. I now trust in You for salvation and forgiveness of my sin.
                                                                          I now trust in You for salvation and forgiveness. Come into my life
Let me ask you, has it ‘clicked’ for you yet what Christ has done for
                                                                          and save me. Be the center of my life.
you by dying on the cross and then resurrecting? You see, the
                                                                          Amen!
Scriptures say that Jesus HAD to die and rise from the dead
because…
                                                                          And if you have done that you are now His Masterpiece!
    • We are sinners
    • He had to die to pay the price for our sin (that was the
       payment)
                                                                          SLIDE – Meltdown to Masterpiece

				
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