18–19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the broken-hearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, ‘You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun.”
Luke 4:18-19, The Passion Translation

People were excited when Jesus publicly announced the good news of God’s forgiveness and love towards them. This was because Jesus placed both His message and ministry in the context of Jubilee.

In the Old Testament, Jubilee was the time of debt cancellation and freedom from slavery. It was a time when a debtor is discharged from any personal obligation of a debt and is allowed to go free. However, a Jubilee only happens every fifty years and if someone couldn’t pay off his debt, he or she is obliged to remain as a debt slave during the remaining period until the next Jubilee.

But what if Jubilee won’t happen for another thirty to forty years?

This means the person will either be very old or may be dead by that time. However, if the debtor has a “kinsman redeemer”, that is, a male family member who chooses to settle the debt (without any required repayment), then, that person can enjoy his or her “Jubilee rest” right away without having to wait for the actual Jubilee.

Jesus is our kinsman redeemer.

You don’t have to suffer a moment longer, believing you can earn your salvation by paying back for your sins (which is never possible). Jesus had already paid your debt of sin through His finished work on the Cross. In doing so, Jesus wants you to recover all, to take back what the devil has stolen from you and to enjoy the full benefits and blessings of His sacrifice.

There is no time limit to enjoy your Jubilee rest in Christ.

The Jubilee of the Old Covenant only lasted a year, but the Jubilee of the New Covenant is forever. This is because our Lord paid such a huge price for your sin debt that you are eternally set free of it. His blood has permanently expunged the record of your sin and guilt, thus sin can longer enslave you because you owe sin nothing. Then, healing and deliverance, as well as restoration and reconciliation, are possible because there is nothing to impede you from believing and receiving from the Lord.

Reflection

Do I trust God or am I struggling to believe and receive from Him?


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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