Bethlehem's Redeemer (3 of 5) by Jerry Vines

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Bethlehem's Redeemer (3 of 5)
Series: Ruth
Jerry Vines
Ruth 3

The story of Ruth is told around the little village of Bethlehem. We know, also, that the story of Christmas is told around the little village of Bethlehem.

In the Old Testament it is predicted that the Lord Jesus, our Savior, would be born in Bethlehem. In Micah 5, verse 2, it says, ''But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.'' The prediction is made that Bethlehem's ruler is going to be the Savior of the world.

The world needs a ruler, but the world also needs a Redeemer. The Bible predicts that it will be in the little city of Bethlehem that the Redeemer would be born.

We do need a Redeemer. We do need a Savior. The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus came into the world to redeem us. In Galatians 4, verses 4 and 5, it says, ''But, when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law.''

In Titus 2, verse 14, it says about Jesus, ''Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity.'' The world needed a Redeemer.

The story of Ruth converges again on this account in the third chapter of Ruth about the world's need for a Redeemer, and it tells through the eyes of Ruth this beautiful picture what Christmas is really all about.

Remember that Ruth is a foreign girl. Her husband died and she has gone back with her mother-in-law to Bethlehem. She is a foreigner, an outcast. She is excluded by the law of God from the family of God. Yet, God has placed a great desire in the heart and mind of Ruth to be a part of the family of God.

You may recall in the first chapter, verse 16, that she said, ''Thy people shall be my people, and thy God, my God.'' She wants to be in the family of God.

In order for Ruth to be in the family of God somebody had to love her. There's a m ...

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