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. - Leviticus 25:10
Today, at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, we celebrate Camp Jubilee! Interestingly, the word Jubilee is a biblical word stemming from Jewish culture. There is some debate whether the celebration happened every forty nine years, or fifty years. The year of Jubilee followed the last year of seven Sabbatical cycles and was announced by a blast from a shofar; (an instrument made from a ram’s horn), on the Day of Atonement.
Men who had become poor or in debt could sell their land or become slaves themselves; their land or freedom would be returned, and any debt would be cancelled in the year of Jubilee. It became a time of great emancipation in Israel. Then God would be remembered as a God of mercy (Leviticus 25:8-13; 47, 55).
This is the wonderful, biblical backdrop for the vison of Camp Jubilee. It which was established when God commissioned Sharon, Pastor Raul’s wife, as a young mother, to protect her children and the children of the church from the evil events taking place on the LORD’S day, October 31. God instructed her to take back His day and celebrate the victories of the LORD of Hosts.
Now think about your sin. It took the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, to bring about your great emancipation. In God’s mercy, your sins are forgiven; Jesus Christ paid a debt you could not pay.
And you, who were dead in yourtrespasses . . . God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
~Colossians 2:13-14 ESV~
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