The revelation of the jubilee originates from the Bible. The Old Testament describes that each family of the Israelites was allotted a portion of the good land. However, some became poor, sold their allotment (Leviticus 25:25) and lost their inheritance. Others became poorer still and even sold themselves into slavery (Leviticus 25:39). But every fifty years was the year of jubilee. Liberty was proclaimed throughout the land and each inhabitant was released from slavery, forgiven of their debts, and returned to their possession and their family (Leviticus 25:10). The jubilee was a year of enjoyment, satisfaction, and rest.
We need to experience the jubilee because we too have lost our possession and are in a kind of slavery. Our possession should be God, because we were created to be filled with God, that God would be our blessing and our enjoyment (Romans 9:23). The result of losing God through Adam’s fall is that our life has become a life full of the labour of struggling, anxiety and suffering. We all need the jubilee in order to be released from our struggling and to be brought into rest.
The good news is that the jubilee pictured in the Old Testament was fulfilled by Christ’s coming in the New Testament (Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-22). Christ is the real jubilee. Through His death and resurrection, Christ accomplished full salvation, bringing man back to God as his divine possession, releasing man from slavery under sin, Satan, and the world, and restoring man to his divine family, the household of God (Acts 26:18; Romans 8:2; Ephesians 2:19).
We all need this jubilee. When we call on the name of the Lord Jesus, we receive Him as our jubilee of grace and return to Him as our portion and possession. Simply open your heart and pray to Him:
“Lord Jesus, thank You for coming as the jubilee.
I believe You died for my sins and rose again.
Release me from all my labour
and bring me into the full enjoyment of the jubilee.
I return to You as my portion and my possession.”
In the Old Testament the jubilee lasted for one year, but now it refers to the entire New Testament age, the age of grace. When we enjoy God in Christ as the jubilee, we shall have enjoyment, satisfaction, and rest. This will issue in the full enjoyment of the jubilee in the millennium and in the fullest enjoyment in the New Jerusalem in the new heaven and new earth.