Lift Your Voice! It’s the Year of Jubilee!

by Bethany

Relevant Text: Matthew 9:35
Full Text: Isaiah 61; Matthew 9

Jubilee | The Law that the Lord gave Moses instructed the Israelites to work for six years and then celebrate the Sabbath Year, when they were to rest from their work and depend on Him to provide for them. Then, every seven times seven years – that is, every forty-nine years – they were to celebrate the Year of Jubilee, when they were to forgive all debts and release all slaves [1]. This was a magnificent year, full of great hope and joy.

Fulfilled | More than a thousand years later, Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth and read from the scroll of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” [2]. All eyes were fixed on him and he said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” [3].

Kingdom | His message was clear: the Year of Jubilee was here and he was ushering it in. The kingdom of God that he was announcing would be a kingdom of forgiveness and release. It would be a kingdom of celebration, where people would experience God’s grace and give Him glory with great joy [4]. As we saw yesterday, Jesus cleansed lepers, healed servants, calmed storms and expelled demons. Today, in Matthew 9, we read that he healed paralytics, raised the dead, stopped hemorrhages and restored sight to the blind. Matthew summarized, “Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction” [5].

Prayer | Lord, You are king who loves a party, where people are happy because they experience your forgiveness, release and healing. Therefore, when we pray as Jesus taught us, “Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven,” we long to be people who throw great parties of great joy in your name. We want to point out signs of renewal in our midst and be people who spread forgiveness and release for your glory. We want to declare that the Year of Jubilee is here in the person of Jesus, our king and redeemer. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] See Leviticus 25.  |  [2] Isaiah 61:1-2 ESV; Luke 4:18-19 ESV  |  [3] Luke 4:21 ESV  |  [4] See Matthew 9:8.  |  [5] Matthew 9:35 ESV

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