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Jesus Christ Our rock and refuge in times of trouble

Jesus' Sacrifice For Us

Isaiah 53:1-12 (KJV)

1.Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2.He grew up before him like a tender shoot,

and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,

nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3.He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4.Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5.But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6.We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7.He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

8.By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9.He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10.Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days,

and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11.After he has suffered,

he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12.Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong,

because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Jesus Is Our Living Priest Forever

Hebrews 7:18-28 (KJV)

18. The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless. 19.(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

20.And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21.but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:

“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: You are a priest forever.’ ”

22.Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.

23.Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24.but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 

25.Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26.Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

 27.Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28.For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.