1st June 2012

The Spirit Of Jubilee

“Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God.”
Leviticus 25:17 (NIV UK)

Let’s rejoice!

The idea of Jubilee is linked to rejoicing and celebration. It came originally from the Bible. It was to be a time when men and women would remember that they owed everything to God and that they ought to live a life of forgiveness.

In her 2011 Christmas message Queen Elizabeth said, “Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.”

Those words are in the spirit of the Biblical Jubilee. Jesus also proclaims a Jubilee. His gospel is about reconciliation for all. He came to “heal the brokenhearted” and “to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18 NKJV). His jubilant message is about being forgiven by God and about passing on that forgiveness to one another.

This weekend is a special weekend in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth. It celebrates the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth. We wish Her Majesty well on this joyful occasion.

During this Jubilee let’s remember God from whom all blessings flow.

Let’s rejoice in the spirit of forgiveness so that, to quote Queen Elizabeth, “we feel the power of God’s love.”

Wonderful Father, thank you that we are restored in Christ, and let his Spirit of forgiveness flow through our hearts.

Study by James Henderson

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