I turn another year older this month and in so doing I have been thinking back on all the people God has put in my life, and how He has used them in getting me to where I am today. Starting out as a 16 year old runaway the odds were stacked against me. Alone and hungry. Needing a job, a place to live, a car. With impossible odds people came into my life who said yes to me. Yes to a job. Yes to a car from the car dealership I worked for. Yes to a trailer I was able to rent from the mother of one of the salesman at the dealership. Then, living next door to neighbors who treated me like family; who fed me and cared for me and gave me hope for a future, who sat me down and said, “What do you want to do with your life?” Never dreaming I could go to college, but against all odds I did. I graduated. My life changed forever because of the ones who said yes to me.
Boaz was that person for Ruth and Naomi. He was the one who said yes, and took these widowed women from their certain poverty and filled there empty lives with riches, hope and a future. Boaz, the Kinsman Redeemer who buys back all the property of Naomi’s deceased husband, Elimelech, pays off all the debt they owe, marries Ruth, and through His seed comes Obed who is in the line of Christ. Boaz and his redeeming love for Ruth and Naomi is a beautiful picture of Jesus and His redeeming love for us.
Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19.
Jesus paid all of my sin debt, a debt I could never pay. He said yes to me before I said yes to Him. Tim Hughes wrote a song called Here I Am To Worship. Every time I hear the bridge to this song it brings tears to my eyes, “I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.”
Jesus bought back everything that Satan has ever stolen from us. The love, the joy, the peace. He came to heal our broken hearts and to set us free. He pays our sin debt, but not only that He plants within each of us the seed to be activated by the faith which brings that continuation of the Lord Jesus from one generation to the next.
God’s desire and plan since the fall of man was to redeem us. It doesn’t matter how bad the circumstance is. It doesn’t matter where we go out into the world. He says yes to us. Why? Because He loves us.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.