More than just ‘Acceptable’…

by Lester Young

Have you ever wondered just what that “acceptable year of the Lord” thing is that Jesus talked about? He mentioned it when reading the book of Isaiah in the synagogue one Sabbath day:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised; to preach the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19, our Lord quoting from Isaiah 61:1-2)

Well, if we were to get studious for a moment and consider the Hebrew word ratsown that’s translated as ‘acceptable,’ we’d find that it means (oddly enough) “to be accepted or acceptable.” Interestingly, though, it’s also translated to mean ‘delight,’ ‘desire,’ ‘favor’ and ‘good pleasure,’ with a root-word connotation of ‘approve,’ ‘pardon’ and ‘reconcile.’ Hmm…the light comes on.

The ‘acceptable year of the Lord’ Jesus spoke of is analogous to the Old Testament’s ‘year of Jubilee.’ So, since we’re digging, let’s go just a little farther and see what we can find out about that. Leviticus 25:8-13 tells us that every fiftieth year, beginning on the Day of Atonement, liberty would be proclaimed throughout Israel to all its inhabitants. All debts were canceled, and anyone who’d lost ancestral (that is, inherited) property due to poverty got it back at that time. Those that had to sell themselves into servitude were immediately released to go back to their families and land. Generally speaking, everybody who found themselves behind the eight-ball was freed and got a fresh start. No wonder it was called ‘Jubilee!’

Jesus is the fulfillment of that gracious and joyous time. That’s why He showed up and began preaching healing, delivery, recovering of all that had been lost – in a nutshell, freedom and liberty from whatever ails us. A complete pardoning from the Father and reconciliation to Him (Jeremiah 33:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18). The angels said it like this: “Peace on earth, and good will (from Heaven) toward men” (Luke 2:14). Jesus is our Jubilee, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there’s liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17)…and liberty is always Good.

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3 Responses to “More than just ‘Acceptable’…”

  1. Amen! Jesus is our Jubilee and we don’t have to wait every 7 years to celebrate Jubilee, for now and every day is the acceptable time. This is really good news!

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