Jubilee! Don’t Forget How Good the News Really Is
Rarely is being abruptly awakened by your neighbor at 5:00 A.M. a cause for celebration. Yet, when the neighbor is banging pots and pans, screaming “Jubilee! Jubilee! We’re having a jubilee!” and you happen to live in Alabama on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, there couldn’t be better news.
A jubilee is a mysterious phenomenon which occurs in only a handful of locations around the world. Although they have been reported in other areas (in a similar bay in Japan), Mobile Bay is the only place where they occur fairly regularly during the summer when conditions are right. Affected by a lack of oxygen in the salt water, bottom dwelling sea creatures such as flounder and crab make their way to the shore in search of oxygen, making them an easy target for a fishnet or a gig. The creatures move sluggishly and seem reluctant to escape capture. It was not uncommon to catch anywhere from two dozen to over a hundred flounder in one three-hour long jubilee.
Growing up, my family spent every summer on Mobile Bay. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing several jubilees, and one thing was for sure: a jubilee is good news. Failing to tell a neighbor that a jubilee is going on might very well end the friendship. People want to hear good news.
You might know that the word “evangelism” is a Greek word found in the Bible that means “bringing good news,” but when was the last time you stopped to consider how good this news really is? Many Christians today are struggling to apply their faith in their homes, jobs, and relationships. They feel discouraged and defeated by their circumstances and hardships. I wonder how much of this frustration is a result of forgetting just how good the Good News really is:
You’ve been given a new identity (2 Cor. 5:17).
You are righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24).
You are Christ’s friend (John 15:15).
You have been freed from sin’s power ( Rom. 6:7).
You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
You are accepted by Christ ( Rom. 15:7).
You are blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3).
You have direct access to God (Eph. 2:18).
You have hope beyond the grave (Rom. 8:39,39).
You are an object of God’s love (1 John 4:19).
When the magnitude of this truth becomes real to us, don’t be shocked if you want to bang drums, wake the neighbors from their spiritual sleep, and deliver the good news to them. People want to hear good news.