January 17 Sermon Excerpt

At the close of the book of Ruth we find that Boaz and Ruth married and they bore a son.  The women in the community then said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and his name be renowned in Israel.  He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him” (4:14-15).  

Naomi’s perceived emptiness a year earlier is replaced now with fullness.  This little baby boy was a “redeemer” for Naomi.  He restored her life, nourished her, and gave her hope again in the Lord.  The imagery is thick, this baby Obed would continue the redemptive line that would lead to Jesus.  While Obed redeemed one old woman, Jesus would redeem the world!  Only He redeems!

This story began with death and disobedience and it ends with new birth as a result of faithfulness.  When you give your life to Jesus, that’s your story.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

This son that was born to Ruth and Boaz was named Obed, who was the father of Jesse, who was the father of David.  The Messiah, the Savior of the world was to come through the line of David.  He saves.

God’s plan of redemption continues to move forward.  This story shows us that there’s always hope when we walk the Lord.  Listen to what John Piper wrote, “The book of Ruth was written to help us see the sign posts of grace in our lives…It also was written to help us trust God’s grace when the clouds are so thick that we can’t see the road, let alone the signs on the side.”

One of the reasons I’m so fond of this book, is that in Ruth and Naomi I see myself.  I’ve been an outsider.  I’ve despaired.  Yet, I’ve found that God met me there, He met me where I was…and he’ll meet you where you are as well.

Don’t miss out.  God has shown you His unwavering love and is calling you home!  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).  All of us are lost without Him.  

While love poured forth with Boaz and Ruth there is no greater love than Jesus, who left the glory in heaven, became a man, was rejected, crucified so that we could live.  His death for our redemption.  1 Peter 2:24: He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.  By His wounds you have been healed. 

Living a passionless, self-centered life like "Mr. So and So" doesn’t bring redemption and healing… Only Jesus.  No one will ever confuse Him with a so and so!  Jesus Christ, the giver of life has changed the world and even the human heart!

Now, here is what is amazing.  When you are a child of God you won’t end up a so and so.  With Him we’re blessed with eternal life, we gain a lasting legacy, an eternal legacy.  God redeems.