“Christ’s Glorious Trifecta”

June 9, 2017

Lancaster County farm 6/8/17In our travels today a pastoral setting near Martindale was even more pleasant for viewing with the sheep dotting the landscape. We’ve been traveling weekly through Lancaster County for 16 years now with our chaplaincy visits and never weary of the beautiful country settings.
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“Christ’s Glorious Trifecta”

Message summary: Trifecta is defined as “a run of three wins or grand events.” Today let us examine a text in 1 Corinthians that teaches Christ’s glorious trifecta; His death, His burial, and His resurrection.

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“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).

O to grace, how great a debtor,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
All the saints who shout together,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves

Trifecta is defined as “a run of three wins or grand events.” Today let us examine a text in 1 Corinthians that teaches Christ’s glorious trifecta; His death, His burial, and His resurrection.

This is the only verse in the Bible where the phrase “as of first importance” is found. In these verses the apostle Paul provides a wonderful summation of the Gospel. What he himself had “received” he had “delivered to you”. This has been the God-ordained manner for the transmission of truth for nearly 2,000 years.

1. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures
2. He was buried
3. He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures

The apostle emphasizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe these three together comprise the truth that is of “first importance”. But there is one phrase that deeply touches me and I pray it will do so for you as well.  Paul makes it very personal. “Christ died for our sins.”  Yes, we believe that. Praise God! His death was not meaningless or an accidental slip-up in the plan of redemption. No, Jesus Christ was born to die for our sins.

Earnest believers continue to receive and pass on this sacred message to our present day. Have you received and believed this message? Are you passing it on? At the heart of apostolic preaching is the proclamation of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe these three together comprise the truth that is of “first importance.” This is of first importance all through the church age and indeed through eternity. This is based on the authority of Scripture, “according to the Scriptures.”

Whatever you’re facing today, hold on to this glorious truth that is of first importance; Christ died, Christ was buried, and Christ Jesus was raised to life forevermore! The risen Christ states in Revelation 1:18, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Rising up so vast and strong,
Lifting up salvation’s song
The redeemed will sing forever,
The redeemed will sing forever
Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, it is of first importance to the Apostle Paul to declare that Jesus is risen from the dead and is alive forevermore. So it is also of first importance nearly 2000 years later for those of us who hold dear the sacred Scriptures. We joyfully declare to our own generation the miraculous news that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. Jesus is the living One; He was dead but is alive forevermore! This factual knowledge and spiritual blessing helps to still my fears and reminds me that I serve a living, risen Christ who says to His followers, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever.” Because Jesus lives we live also! Blessed be the name of the Lord forevermore! Jesus saves! Amen.


Eli James feeding baby pigs 6/8/17Since so many of you enjoy the Amish photos we include them often and yesterday we visited with our Amish friends so we have more photos.  Eli was excited to introduce us to his new piglets. Admittedly they’re cute when they’re piglets, not so cute when they’re roly poly pigs but they sure do make good bacon and tasty ham!

Amish boy with miniature ponies 6/8/17
This young boy is warming up the miniature ponies for tourist rides.

Amish family 6/8/17
Tuesday we shared a number of photos of Amish families going to church. This view caught our attention yesterday. The brother holds the baby while the sister holds the baby doll!

Mennonite children walking 6/8/17
It’s strawberry pickin’ time in Lancaster County. Perhaps these Mennonite children are heading to the strawberry patch since the school year has been over several weeks for the Plain community (Mennonite and Amish).


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Jesus Saves”  Video  The Booth Brothers  This is the song quoted in today’s message

“Masterpiece of Mercy”  Video  The Booth Brothers

“In Christ Alone”  Video  The Booth Brothers

Note to local readers: The Booth Brothers will present a concert this Sunday evening (June 11) in Lebanon at Coleman Park in the Music in the Park series. There is no charge for this service although a free-will offering is taken. We plan on attending with John and Faithe Keefer, our pastor friend and his wife. Perhaps we will see some of you there! Also take note of additional concerts all through the summer. The Collingsworth Family will be at the park June 25.

“Jesus Saves”  Video  The Booth Brothers and Collingsworth Family

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