Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz were just living their lives, trying to be good people. They were loving, loyal, and faithful to God and His word. Things were looking really tough for Ruth and Naomi early on, but God was preparing Boaz. He was a man committed to God’s ways and he was a kind, honorable man. God had prepared his heart to be the kinsman-redeemer. Things worked out pretty well for them all because their love for one another was so strong.
But that’s just the beginning. What none of them could have known was that God would honor them with being the ancestors of His Son, Jesus. Some of our favorite themes of Christmas were being developed in their lives without them even knowing it. They were just trying to be faithful to God in their everyday lives. It’s almost like Christmas was beginning with them, was fully realized in Jesus, and is carried on with us. Christmas is eternal because Christ is eternal. And that’s why we must always keep Christ as the reason for the season. For followers of Christ, the season is supposed to be year round. It is eternal, so we should keep the spirit of these things in our hearts throughout the year.
Consider the importance of these qualities and prepare a list of your own;
• importance of Bethlehem
• the reason for a Redeemer
Questions for discussion: