Sound the trumpets!
It is the year of the Lord’s favor!
The year of Jubilee! The Day of Atonement!
Epiphany is the season of Jesus’ ministry that began after he was baptized.
For my Epiphany hymn I referenced the church calendar and chose the gospel text from
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.
The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them,
“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Whew! Can you imagine?!
This made the people of Jesus’ home town so mad that they wanted to throw him off a cliff.
Jesus was saying publicly that he was the chosen Messiah. That he was going to deliver the people from their slavery of sin. He was going to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…
what could this be other than the year of jubilee?!
The year of jubilee was celebrated by the Jews every fifty years and was sometimes only experienced once in a lifetime. The slaves were freed from their masters and inherited land lost through debt was given back to the original family as their inheritance.
Leviticus 25:10, Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.
You see just as the year of Jubilee freed the Jews and renewed their inheritance Christ came to set us free from slavery and return our inheritance of heaven!
Jesus walked right past his angry neighbors unharmed and continued to do what his Father willed.
To lay down his life for all, even his enemies,
to save us from our chains of sin to enter the freedom of heaven’s rest.
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