Year of Jubilee

  • Scott Tubman Mervyn Eloff
  • Oct 27, 2017
  • Series: St James Connect Newsletter (Monthly)

Our 49th birthday celebration at St James is a unique opportunity to reflect on the Old Testament’s year of Jubilee. In Leviticus Chapter 25, God instructed His people that after the 49th year (7 cycles of 7 years) they were to cancel the debts they owed each other and set free those who had sold themselves as slaves. As the 50th year began they were to sound the trumpet and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, the year of Jubilee. It was to be a year of celebration, a milestone where they could express to each other the freedom and forgiveness God had given to them. However, the year of Jubilee was never fully experienced in Israel’s history and it’s not difficult to see why. It was too costly to enact the year of the Lord’s favour.

That was until Jesus stood up in the synagogue, took the scroll of Isaiah and read;

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4:14-22)

And He concluded by saying, ‘Today, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ Jesus had come to do for God’s people what they had never been able to do themselves. Jesus brought the Jubilee celebration in all its fullness. In His death and resurrection, He brings spiritual freedom and sight, forgiving sins and liberating sinners – a far greater Jubilee than anyone could have imagined. As we celebrate our 49th year as a Church, this reminds us what we must be thankful for. Jesus is our Jubilee. The rest, joy, freedom and wholeness that God brings to His people is only found in Him. That is the promise of the gospel, and it is worth celebrating.