Bethlehem's Redeemer: The Gospel in Ruth
I am excited to announce I will preach through the Book of Ruth this Christmas. I have wanted to do this for quite some time because Ruth so beautifully illustrates how the Old Testament Scriptures are about Jesus. Specifically, Ruth helps us understand the significance of Jesus as our Redeemer. Ruth begins with a family leaving Bethlehem because there is no bread in Bethlehem ("the House of Bread"), but their quest for bread in Moab only leaves Naomi husband-less, child-less, and empty. Do such people have hope in this world? Can desperate people ever be filled? Will there ever again be bread in Bethlehem? Yes! Because of Bethlehem's Redeemer. Ruth ends with a son being born in Bethlehem whose genealogy leads to the birth of King David. Later, in the genealogy of Jesus, we read these words, "Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the King (Matt 1:5-6). The Redeemer of Ruth shows us much about Christ our Redeemer. Come join us as we take a fresh look at the miracle of redemption offered to us through Jesus, born in Bethlehem, "born to set Thy people free."