by John Barnett

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Christ: Refuge for the Unclean (5 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett
For centuries an archaic Old Testament system of justice laid in the dust of the past. Then Jesus stepped onto the planet. The One who was promised arrived, and the True Refuge that these temporal, insufficient refuges has heralded was visible and available.

In the Old Testament a fearful fleeing Jew would be directed towards the nearest of the six cities of refuge. As the city was pointed at, a name would be spoken to that one seeking protection. All the cities afforded equal protection--just the names differed.

In looking over the meaning of the names of these cities of refuge, we see a distinct characteristic of Christ in each one. When taken as a whole, they illustrate the sufficiency of Christ as a Refuge to meet all of our need, and the need of all. To see the adequacy of Jesus Christ to meet our every need, consider the names of the cities. They are Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, Shechem in mount Ephraim, Kirjatharba which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah, Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain oout of the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of manasseh.

Over the next month we are going to stop and visit Christ in each of these ways the Old Testament has promised Him as our perfect refuge. As we do so we find that is how the New Testament presents Him.

Here is the pathway of the next six messages we will share from God's Word:
• Today we will see that Christ is our 'holy place' and our 'righteousness". He is the only Refuge for all of us when we feel unclean, defiled or guilty;
• Tonight we will learn that Christ is our safe and strong 'shoulder'. He is the only Refuge for all of us when we feel weary, exhausted or stressed;
• Next time we will see that Christ is our 'fellowship'. He is the only Refuge for the lonely who feel left out, left behind, homeless and forsaken;
• Christ is our 's ...

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