Richard Beck has some very good stuff here in his recent post Becoming the Jubilee:
You can make a pretty strong case that the central core of Jesus’s ministry, the orbit of his life, was forgiveness. The examples here go on and on. “Love your enemies.” “Turn the other cheek.” “Neither do I condemn you.” “Your sins are forgiven.” “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” “Forgive and you will be forgiven.” “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” “My son who was lost has been found.” “The Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth.” “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
All this makes sense if Jesus is, in his very person, the Jubilee. Forgiveness–releasing those in debt–is what the Jubilee was all about. To experience the Jubilee is to have your debts forgiven. And that’s what Jesus did wherever he went. He brought the Jubilee. Jesus was the Jubilee.
Do click through and read the rest – it’s well worth it.
What a powerful paradigm: embodying the Jubilee. This is going to stay with me for a while. Thanks, Richard.