Is anyone in debt? Does anyone owe a mortgage? How about credit cards?
What if I told you there was a way to get rid of all of these things?
What if I could wipe your debt clear in an instant?
Does this sound too good to be true? Does this sound like some sort of pie-in-the-sky scam?
All you have to do is convince everyone in the capitalistic world to begin celebrating the ancient practice of Jubilee.
That shouldn’t be too hard, should it? I mean, most people like the idea of doing nice things for other people right? Don’t the majority of the world's billionaires regard themselves as philanthropists to some extent?
Shouldn’t we be able to convince Chase to wipe all of their slates clean and the federal government to forgive all student loans?
In the words of the Jewish theologian Jerome Allen Seinfeld, "good luck with all that."
And yet it is exactly this practice that Jesus advocated in the passage we have been reading/will read again on Sunday (Luke 4:14-21).
However, according to one theologian, the practice in Jesus’s day was all but forgotten, relegated to a simple buzzword used as a trite expression. When Jesus refers to "the acceptable year of the Lord," it may have been understood as a reminder of the ancient, little-heeded law of the year of Jubilee and its redemption, which was to herald freedom for captives and the indebted poor. For most, this observance had come to be thought of as archaic and no longer put into practice.
Join us this Sunday to hear about Christ and the Jubilee celebration (Part IV of the Mission Sermon Series).