So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Over the next couple of weeks, there is one word that will be heard all over our land; the word is ‘jubilee’. On the 6th Feb 2022, HM Queen Elizabeth, became the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 70 years on the throne. Platinum Jubilee celebrations are already underway.
The origins of the word ‘jubilee’ are actually traced back to the Old Testament.
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. (Leviticus 25:10-11)
However, what most non Jews don’t appreciate is that fact that the Year of Jubilee could not begin until the ram’s horn sounded on Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. Why is that important? Quite simply, there could be no freedom, no restoration, no jubilee until there had been atonement.
The blessing could only come after the atonement.’ (Jonathan Cahn)
Fast forward one thousand five hundred years and we look upon the final atonement when Jesus died on the cross for us. It was not until atonement was made, that we could be set free.
As Johnathan Cahn points out:
“The more you dwell in the atonement, the more you live in the power of the jubilee. The power to walk in freedom, the power of reconciliation, the power of liberty... and the power of entering into your inheritance in God.”
Jesus himself spoke about this time of jubilee on one magnificent occasion. He said:
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 4:18-19)
Now, doesn’t this deserve to be celebrated?!
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