Christ Our Refuge
“Then ye shall appoint you cities to
be cities of refuge for you; that
the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares. And they
shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die
not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment. These six cities shall
be a refuge, both for the children of
“Who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” – (Heb.6:18).
Six Levitical cities were set aside to
provide refuge and safety for those guilty of accidental manslaughter. The
manslayer was to flee to the closest city of refuge where he was given a fair
trial and provided asylum there. If he left the city before the death of the
high priest, he was subject to death at the hands of the avenger of blood. This
law applied not only to the Jews but to the Gentiles in
These cities of refuge under protection of the High Priest while he lived is a beautiful type and symbol of salvation in Christ. “We… have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” – (Heb.6:18). In other words, when the sinner flees to Christ for refuge he is safe from the divine revenger of blood. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” – (Rom.5:9). And “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” – (Rom.8:1). Regardless of his sin, the sinner may find asylum and security in Christ, all who flee to Him for salvation find refuge. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” – (Jn.6:37). The born again believer is eternally secure from God’s vengeance. He is safe from the second death in the lake of fire – (Rev.20:11-20).
It is the Lord’s vengeance that we must be mostly concerned with – “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” – (Rom.12:19). It’s the second death that we must be concerned about “… suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” – (Jude 7). Again “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:14,15). When we turn to Christ our High Priest for refuge, we are saved from the righteous vengeance of God. All of us who are saved by Christ are refugees from the wrath of God..
Not just the Jews but the strangers of the Gentiles also may flee to Christ for refuge. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” – (Gal.3:26,28).
Over and over the Bible tells us that the Lord is our refuge – “The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence” – (2 Sam.22:3). And Jesus Christ is Lord – He is our Savior and our refuge and our salvation. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” – (Ps.46:1). Again – “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overcast” – (Ps.57:1). Again – “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; one shall say, Destroy them” – (Du.33:27). In every city of the world we may flee to Christ for refuge from the vengeance of God upon us because of our sins. Christ is the only refuge for a sinner from the vengeance of God.
In the Old Testament the accidental manslayer had no freedom or protection if he left his city of refuge. He was, even in his city of refuge, in a manner a prisoner, he was not totally free. So God would teach a horror and dread of the guilt of blood in killing someone and so be careful of life. Many accidental deaths could be prevented by being more careful.
Only upon the death of the High Priest could he receive full freedom. Through the death of our great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His precious blood shed on the cross, we find our place of refuge and salvation. When Christ saves, our guilt is gone, we are forever free, we have eternal security. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” – (Jn.8:36). All sinners are dead in trespasses and sins and have no real freedom because sin reigns over us, it has dominion over us – (Rom.6:12,14). But when our High Priest saves us, He makes us free from sin – “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” – (Rom.6:18). Only when we’ve free born do we have unconditional freedom, as we use that freedom in a holy and righteous way.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Unlike Aaron he was without sin. He was our High Priest who offered up himself as God’s supreme, perfect sacrifice for sin. Our high priest’s death on the cross saves us and gives us refuge from the vengeance of God and frees us from the bondage of sin – and now He’s alive forever more. “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless,, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people: for this he did once, when he offered up himself” - (Heb.7:26,27). PTL Jesus, our refuge.
One of the cities of refuge was ‘Golan’ and
we hear much about the
will bring His beautiful city of refuge down to earth at the end of the 1000
year millennium of Christ – it’s called New
Jerusalem. It will be for all the refugees who have fled to Christ for
refuge and salvation. It’s a holy city for all the holy people made holy by the
Holy Spirit in Christ. A city with only saved people in it. “And he carried me away in the spirit to a
great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy
Many thousands of Jewish refugees fled to
unholy Old Jerusalem after WW II from
At the battle of Armageddon, when the armies
of the nations of the world attack
Have you fled to Christ to escape the vengeance of our righteous God? Are you saved and born again? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and salvation. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). You will not escape the vengeance of God in hell – the vengeance of eternal fire - unless you flee to Christ for refuge. Praise God for His tender mercies and grace in providing us with refuge in His beloved Son on the cross. Do not spurn God’s amazing grace in his Son. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
God said this about the cities of refuge – “That innocent blood be not shed in thy land…” – (Du.19:10). The crucifixion of Christ was the most innocent blood ever shed on planet earth, for He was sinless. And God made His sinless Son the refuge for sinners to flee to so that they may escape the vengeance of the Father. O how great is the mercy and love of God to sinners. The innocent blood shed of Christ on the cross became the place of refuge for sinners.
Christ our Refuge
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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