Luke 4:18,19 – The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me

To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

The year of Jubilee was quite a radical display of liberation and blessing on the common or poor man in Israel. It was a time of debt cancellation, restoration of lost family land, and release for slaves. It was celebrated once every fifty years and like everything else in the Old Testament it pointed to Christ and His work of redemption. Here is how Easton’s Bible Dictionary describes the Year of Jubilee.

“a joyful shout or clangor of trumpets, the name of the great semi-centennial festival of the Hebrews. It lasted for a year. During this year the land was to be fallow, and the Israelites were only permitted to gather the spontaneous produce of the fields (Lev. 25:11, 12). All landed property during that year reverted to its original owner (13-34; 27:16-24), and all who were slaves were set free (25:39-54), and all debts were remitted.”

When Jesus preached this message in His home town of Nazareth He was proclaiming that He had come to fulfill the promises of the Year of Jubilee. Jubilee returned family land that had been lost over time through indebtedness. The family inheritance was to be restored at the year of Jubilee. Jesus came to restore our lost inheritance as sons and daughters of God. The fall of man had cost us our spiritual inheritance, in Christ jubilee has come and my inheritance as a son of God and all that goes with that has been restored. Jubilee also included debt cancellation. Can you imagine ? All mortgages and debt called once every fifty years? In Christ our debt of sin has been wiped out. I am no longer a debtor to my former life of sin, my debt has been cancelled by the blood of Jesus. Finally all the slaves were set free on the year of Jubilee. We are all slaves of sin being held captive by the god of this world. Jesus opened the prison doors and set us free from our chains of sin. Jubilee has come, let us lift our voices and proclaim this acceptable year of the Lord to all who will hear us.


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