It’s Christmas time.
It’s that time of year where we appreciate our families, our friends, and avoid stepping on the scale to avoid seeing the consequences of holiday sweets and feasts.
It’s the time of lights, food, festivities, snow in some places and nostalgic movies.
Now, be honest, how many Hallmark or ultra-cheesy Christmas movies have you watched this year? There’s something about them that makes these repetitive, clichéd, unrealistic plot lines mildly addicting.
Maybe it’s the fact that in each one there’s a happy ending.
My favorite one this year was Operation Christmas Drop on Netflix. It has all the elements of a cheesy Christmas movie: a dashing pilot (instead of prince), a person who works for a political figure who is more concerned about the ends than the means (a Scrooge), and a woman who has to choose between career success and doing the right thing (a 21st century damsel in distress – kind of).
Spoiler alert – it has a happy ending.
There’s another story in the Bible that gives me the “happy ending feels”. If you’ve been reading the last few weeks, it’s the story of Ruth, Boaz and Naomi.
If you remember, Naomi and Ruth had suffered tragedy in chapter one that led to Ruth following both Naomi and her God into an unknown land. In chapter two, Ruth works diligently in the fields of Boaz, who finds compassion for her and graciously provides.
Last week, we observed Ruth obeying her mother-in-law by asking Boaz to be a kinsman redeemer to her, aka a marriage proposal, and he blesses her and says he would work it all out the very next day.
Chapter four is the next day.
Boaz heads for the town gate, where business and counsel meetings and that sort-of-thing occur and spots the man he is looking for – the kinsman redeemer who is first in line to restore the lands of Naomi’s husband.
Boaz asks him to take a seat and also calls ten other leaders from town to act as witnesses.
And Boaz says to the family redeemer, “Naomi is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. I thought I should speak to you about it so that you can redeem it if you wish. If you want the land, then buy it here in the presence of these witnesses. But if you don’t want it, let me know right away, because I am next in line to redeem it after you.”
The man replies, “All right, I’ll redeem it.”
Then Boaz tells him, “Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way she can have children who will carry on her husband’s name and keep the land in the family.”
“Then I can’t redeem it,” the family redeemer says, “because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.”
In order to showcase that this other kinsman redeemer meant business, he takes off his sandal and hands it to Boaz – a symbol of transferring a right of purchase.
Boaz tells the witnesses sitting there at the gate, “I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. This way she can have a son to carry on the family name of her dead husband and to inherit the family property here in his hometown. You are all witnesses today.”
Then the elders and all the people standing in the gate blesses both Boaz and Ruth to become prosperous, famous and to have many descendants.
So, Boaz takes Ruth into his home, and she becomes his wife. Not so long after, Ruth gives birth to a son who is very much loved by his grandmother.
The women of Bethlehem say to Naomi, “May this child be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”
The child is named Obed, the father of Jesse and the grandfather of King David.
How awesome is that? Ruth becomes the great-grandmother of the most famous king Israel ever has! And it doesn’t end with David.
God promises David, the only man in the Bible described as after God’s own heart, that one day the greatest king will come through his bloodline and reign forever (2 Samuel 7:12-17).
Who is this great king? He was born over 2,000 years ago outside of Bethlehem – the same place where Boaz and Ruth have their happy ending.
One night, love came down as a baby born to a descendant of David, a descendant of Ruth and Boaz, to save us all.
What is the best happy ending? That on Christmas day, we get to celebrate Emmanuel – God with us, forever. As, Jesus, the King of Kings, has established a kingdom of peace on earth dwelling in our hearts and a way of atonement – a way to freedom – from the shackles of this world.
Choose to live in this happy ending today.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
In love and truth,
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