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Jan 04 2014

The Year of Jubilee

 

The Year of Jubilee

 

“…they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee…” (Leviticus 25:54)

 

             What are you believing for 2014? For your own life? For your family? For your friends? What is it that is weighing on your heart to see resolved, to see restored, to see eradicated, to see fulfilled?  

             In the above scripture, God was instituting a season of release for His people Israel.  It took place every 50 years. During this time, those who had to go into slavery to pay a debt, etc. were released from that enslavement. Those who had to sell their property for some reason, had it returned to them.  The land received a year’s rest from production and God provided for His people during that time. This was a season of celebration and was appropriately named “Jubilee”!  

             Now in this NT era, we have Jesus, Who is our Jubilee every day!  He is our Messiah and our Savior.  He is our Lord!  As it says in Isa 61,  He came to proclaim the Good News to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. He came to comfort all who mourn, give a crown of beauty for ashes, a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. He came to proclaim the Year of the Lord’s favor!  

            Are you or a loved one broken hearted? Do you or someone you know need some good news? Are you feeling trapped and stuck in a habit or behavior or way of thinking and believing that is destructive?  

            There is Good News! Jesus is still in the releasing business.  Jesus is still setting the captives free, He is still binding up the broken hearted and releasing from darkness those held in prisons.  He is still comforting those who mourn and giving crowns of beauty for ashes!  How? Through you and me! His Church! 

            In 2014, let’s begin to believe that we have received all of the above for ourselves, for our spouses, our children, our family members and for those who are suffering around us.  

            Let’s believe for our own Jubilee and for God to use us as a vessel of Jubilee to those we know and love, as well as, for those we don’t know. For those we meet on the street or in the store. For those on our jobs or in our schools.  For those who deliver our mail or make our coffee.  

            Let’s celebrate Jubilee this year as often as we can and with as many people as we can!

 

In Christ, 

Pastor Nancy