Yesterday Kenya celebrated 49 years of independence. That means she is entering her 50th year — the year of Jubilee.
In the Old Testament, Jubilee was a time when slaves were set free, property went back to original owners, debts were cancelled, and land was given a rest. Jesus declared in Luke 4 that He came to proclaim “good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, release for the oppressed… the year of the Lord’s favor.” The pattern of Jubilee found in the law is fulfilled and perfected in Jesus.
Church leaders in Kenya have had several meetings with top politicians to present these biblical concepts and their significance for Kenya. The impact is being seen; the Prime Minister has been quoting extensively from Leviticus and Joshua as he promises to rectify historic injustices in land distribution and bring justice to the nation’s oppressed. The Jubilee theme has actually become part of the campaign rhetoric among Presidential candidates for the March 2013 elections. Rather amazing.
We as followers of Jesus now live under the “so send I you” mandate of our Lord. In Christ, we should be living in Jubilee. We didn’t have to wait for Kenya to reach her 50th year in order to experience our every-day, every-year calling and destiny.
With all this “Jubilee” talk in Kenya, certainly the spiritual principles of rest, release, redemption and reflection can only be fully understood in the spiritual context of the power of the cross of Christ. So we have a unique opportunity, this year, to help the ‘world’ understand what Christ’s message is really all about. It is about bringing equity to the shameful injustices of land distribution. It is about ending exploitation of the poor. It is about forgiveness for the wrongs that different tribes have committed against others. It is about a fresh start for this country.
Most importantly, it is about the freedom and redemption that are found only in the blood of Jesus. May the church of Christ arise and declare the true Jubilee!