Leviticus 25:8-17, 25-28, 39-42
The preaching of the Gospel is a proclamation of a spiritual jubilee. Jesus our great Highpriest has preached deliverance to the captive, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Now, even now, each believer keeps his jubilee. Note that the jubilee began on the evening of the day of atonement; our Lord’s atoning work is the fountain-head of our holy joy.
The Jews could overreach each other by selling the lease of their lands for forty-nine years, whereas the seven seventh years were not “years of the fruits,” but sabbatic years, and therefore the Lord enacts that the sabbatic years shall not count in the estimate. In our buying and selling let us be scrupulously just, lest we provoke the Lord.
Blessed be God, we have a near “kinsman” who has redeemed our lost inheritance for us.
Our lost possession is now restored to us, and we have obtained even more than Adam forfeited.
Thus by the gospel jubilee we are set free, with the true liberty. Now know we the meaning of the Lord’s words, “the year of my redeemed is come.” Have all in this house kept the jubilee? If not, the Lord grant that we may.
Jesus our great High Priest,
Hath full atonement made;
Ye weary spirits, rest;
Ye mournful souls, be glad!
The year of jubilee is come:
Return, ye ransom’d sinners, home.
Ye who have sold for nought
The heritage above,
Receive it back unbought,
The gift of Jesus’ love;
Ye slaves of sin and hell,
Your liberty receive;
And safe in Jesus dwell,
And blest in Jesus live;