Some thousand plus years before the angels announced the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, there was another joyous birth.
Ruth, a loving daughter-in-law, from the “pagan” country of Moab, followed Naomi to her homeland of Israel, was redeemed by Boaz according to their custom, and gave birth to a son, from whose lineage Jesus would come.
So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” 16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
God had a perfect plan for Jesus and little Obed
was part of that plan.
This picture is done by Absalom in Costa Rica, who is working on a complete series covering Judges and Prophets. It’s such a happy picture I want to show it to the world. A baby brings joy. This baby brought new life and happiness to a lady who had lost her husband and her sons, and also one of her daughters-in-law.
When my first grandchild, David, came he filled the hole that my daughter had left in my heart when Jesus took her home. When my last grandchild, Sarah, came she filled somewhat the hole that my husband had left some months before when he went to be with Jesus. I think that is part of God’s plan.
New life brings new joy. Let new life in Jesus bring joy to your heart this Christmas. The message of his coming was one of joy.
Later, in Bethlehem, there would be cries of despair when King Herod sent his men out to kill all the little boys under two years of age, because he wanted to kill the King that had been born in Bethlehem.
No one can ever kill the King of kings. Many have tried through the ages to wipe out the Name, but in his Name every knee shall bow and confess that he is Lord!
Bow to Jesus today and one day he will give you the Crown of Life.
Have a good weekend, awaiting the great celebration of Jesus birth!