The Real Passover Being the Jubilee
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to announce the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away in release those who are oppressed, (19) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, the year of jubilee.”
We may say that the Passover was the Old Testament jubilee. When the Passover was established, the oppressed Israelites were released from bondage in Egypt, released from the tyranny of Pharaoh. The Israelites had been captives in a condition of slavery. On the negative side, the Passover set them free from that bondage. On the positive side, the Passover brought them into a feast to enjoy the lamb, which is a symbol of Christ as the embodiment of God. On that day the children of Israel were brought into the enjoyment of God; they enjoyed the lamb and the Passover. Later, in the wilderness, they enjoyed manna. After they entered into the good land, they enjoyed the riches of the land, which is a type of Christ in His all-inclusiveness. Now we can see that the Passover set the Israelites free from bondage and brought them into the enjoyment of God. However, they eventually lost this enjoyment and were carried away again into captivity.
In Luke 4 the Man-Savior proclaimed a further stage of the jubilee–the New Testament jubilee. The New Testament jubilee also has a symbol or sign, and this symbol is the Lord’s table. The Lord’s table is a sign of the jubilee that sets us free from bondage and brings us into the full enjoyment of the Triune God. The Lord’s table is not only a replacement of the Old Testament feast of Passover; it is also a continuation of that feast.
The New Testament feast of the Lord’s table will be replaced and continued by the feast in the coming kingdom. The feast in the kingdom will be the feast in the third stage. This coming feast, which will be a replacement and continuation of the Lord’s table, will also be a symbol of the jubilee. At that time God’s chosen and redeemed people will be freed from all occupations, bondages, and slaveries and will be brought into the enjoyment of the Triune God in the kingdom age.