J is for Jubilee: Keeping Rest in Your Holidays

Biblical celebrations, like Jubilee and the Sabbath, are about rest. Does it strike you as odd that our biggest holiday is more about frenzied work?

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Biblical celebrations, like Jubilee and the Sabbath, are about rest. Does it strike you as odd that our biggest holiday is more about frenzied work?

The other day, we were having a conversation about the birth of our Lord and Savior, and my oldest son quipped, “Wait, Christmas is all about Jesus?  What did Jesus do?  Shouldn’t Christmas be all about Mary?”  For the record, he knows what Jesus did.  But his humorous observation caught my attention.  That first Christmas wasn’t very restful for the mother in that family, either.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites celebrated with resting.  Every seven days they observed the weekly Sabbath, a day of rest for people and animals alike.  Every seven years, they observed a year-long Sabbath, the Jubilee, a year of rest for the land.  Does it strike you as at all ironic that our biggest once-a-year celebration seems to be more about frenzied work than it is about, well, rest?

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