Jubilee: The Year of the Lord’s favor: Isaiah 61:1-3
In the Old Testament of the Bible, Jubilee meant release or liberation. Slaves would be set free. Debts would be forgiven. A celebration of forgiveness. Enter: Jesus.
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and 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 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 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. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” - Luke 4:14-20
The Jubilee Tree is a statement piece in our home that reminds us of the freedom and abundance we have through Jesus. Though the hardships of this world are pressing, we want to live in hope of His promise of freedom. The Jubilee Tree provides space for our family to gather and open our bible together, and then hang an ornament as an ongoing reminder. The various ornament collections rotate on and off of the Jubilee tree throughout the year as we remember the stories and teachings of God’s Word together. Oh, that we may know Him and help our children know him. The heart of Deuteronomy 6.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. - Deuteronomy 6:5-9