In this passage from Leviticus God proclaimed that every seventh year was to be a sabbath for the land - that crops were not to be planted but that they were to live on what God had provided before that time, and what grew up by itself. After seven sabbath years came a year of Jubilee, which along with being a Sabbath for the land, also was a "year of release". This meant that all Israelites who were in bondage were freed, and anyone who had sold his ancestral property would receive it back, and all debts were forgiven.
So What does this jubilee mean for us now? Where and when do we find our “jubilee” today? What is this Old Testament text pointing to? Where do we find this release, this freedom where all our debts are forgiven?
We find it in the Gospel. In Luke Chapter 4:18 Jesus says, “ The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hat sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.… Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
What He was talking about is the year of Jubilee. Jesus was saying, I am He, I am the One - the Sent One, the Messiah, I am your Jubilee! I have come to set you free, to bring healing and to proclaim liberty and deliverance to those who are bound and oppressed! To bring mankind back to its original place of being children of the Most High God, in fellowship with Him, and enjoying all of the covenant rights that go along with it.
Jesus Christ is our true Jubilee. A Jubilee bigger and better than any you might discover waiting along the shore of the bay. And just as the jubilee along the shore is a bountiful gift from our Creator, so is this Jubilee we call Messiah. He is a Jubilee where we are all freely given endless amounts of love and forgiveness by Christ himself. It is this love and forgiveness which we find in the work of Christ upon the Cross that I hope to share with you through my artwork. These are my good works to each of you who view them here. I hope they are a bountiful blessing to you.