• By Joseph A. Bias

The Eighth Day Of Christmas


“And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field.” Leviticus 25:8-12

A Fresh Start, A New day, A New Year, A New Beginning

For Israel, God declared a year at the end of every 49 years (seven Sabbaths of years) that the year that followed (being the fiftieth year) the seventh year of Sabbaths, would be a year of Jubilee, a Holy year of living by what God provides without sowing or reaping. All debts would be cancelled and all property (possessions) would be restored to their original owners. The spirit of the year of Jubilee is that for one year all burdens would be lifted and everyone would be granted a fresh start, a fresh opportunity to live according to the Law and gain from its promises and benefits.

The year of Jubilee pointed to the coming Messiah when His kingdom would be established on the Earth and all would be restored to its right place and balance in creation according to God’s intended plan for mankind in the Garden of Eden. Remember, man working by the sweat of his brow was a part of the curse. Laboring to plant, to sow and reap, to winnow and divide, to store up for lean times was all a result of the curse.

But when the Messiah comes and establishes His Kingdom to rule and reign forever, we, the Church, the Body of Christ with Israel will rule and reign with Him. That Day is yet to come.

“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:10

On this eighth Day of Christmas let’s remember that Jesus has come as the fulfillment of the Law and now we who are Christ’s live in a continual Sabbath rest from the labors of fulfilling the Law. We do not have to wait seven years to cast off our burdens or be forgiven for our sins. Our High Priest, Jesus Christ has entered in behind the veil once and for all and sprinkled His own blood on the altar removing all stain of sin for all mankind for all time to everyone who will believe and receive Him as their substitutionary all-atoning sacrifice, Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.

Being born again through Him unto eternal life has brought us into the rest, the time of renewing and refreshing that Jesus came to bring us. Let us enter this New Year with a renewed hope, a renewed confidence, a renewed zeal, a renewed expectation, a renewed joy and a renewed faith in the One who has come, born a Babe in the manger, a Savior, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.

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