10.24.2017



"The real love story in this book is not about Boaz and Ruth, though. The real love story is behind the scenes. It is the love of God for his straying sheep. It is the love that prevented him from simply ending the world when Adam and Eve first sinned. It is the love that chose and called Abraham and then persisted in pursuing his rebellious offspring. It is the love that would not let them go, in spite of their centuries-long history of rebellion and idolatry. This love causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall. In the lives of God’s children, this love feeds us our daily food and clothes us. In his Providence , his love may bring us godly friends to encourage us and a godly spouse with whom to share our lives. For all these good gifts of God’s love, we should be truly thankful.

This love took its fullest shape in the coming of Jesus Christ. His love for us took him much further than a grain pile at midnight. It caused him to leave the glories of heaven and come down and live as an ordinary worker. It led him to come as a baby to Bethlehem, where he found no refuge. Unlike Ruth, there was no place of rest for Jesus in Bethlehem, no godly Boaz to protect him. Instead, he had to make do with a temporary place in a stable, before he was driven out, having to fee for his life even when he was a baby. And this love caused Jesus to abandon his eternal glory and become a servant, someone who was of no reputation, despised and rejected by men.


This same love of God took Jesus all the way to the cross. There, in the midst of a darkness far deeper than any ordinary midnight, he offered himself up for the sins of his people. There he was abandoned by God the Father, who turned aside his face because he would not and could not look upon his own Son, disfigured as he was by bearing our sin. Jesus didn’t just risk his life; he gave it. Why? Is it because we are such wonderful people and we thoroughly deserve it? Certainly not! It is because God was so committed to saving sinners like us, and this was the only way it could be done. It is because God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. It is because of God’s covenant faithfulness to the underserving." -- Ian Duguid