We often include the reading of the genealogy of Christ in the Christmas nativity story. Establishing Jesus’ family tree confirms the prophecy that Jesus would be a descendant of the Bible patriarchs. It is important to read the genealogies of Christ in Matthew and Luke to contribute to the believer’s confidence that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

The book of Ruth is a short narrative with a mighty message and is important in connection with the coming of Jesus Christ into this world. It is included in the canon of scripture to show the reader that ultimate redemption comes from Jesus Christ. The Lord blesses Ruth’s unwavering commitment and provides for her Boaz as her kinsman redeemer, her Go’el. Just as Boaz saw Ruth as she gleaned in the field, Jesus sees us in our helpless state and approaches us to secure our redemption.

As you celebrate the birth of Christ this season, remember God’s incredible love for you and that he sent his precious son, Jesus, to rescue and redeem you from the bondage of sin. Jesus Christ took upon himself the humanity and your flesh that he might be your kinsman-reader.

Let us be glad and rejoice because he is willing to redeem us! Our kinsman-redeemer has delivered us from eternal pain to abundant life. We are reminded in Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood the forgiveness of sins.” Because of God’s great grace and redemptive power, we have received a new hope that gives us the courage to face each day with confidence.

Lord, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to redeem me for my sins. Please walk with me closely so that I can tell you are there, and let me be aware of your presence. Help me to discover the fullness of the abundant life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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