Here is an excerpt of a sermon I am preaching through the book of Ruth. Seeing Christ through Boaz really makes it come alive for me.
“I told you that the relationship between Ruth and Boaz was not the main point of the book. Boaz redeeming Ruth and Naomi represents a much larger story. Boaz’s saving action is meant to point to our Savior. In order to read this passage properly, we must point it to Christ. That was the intent of the author. When the Holy Spirit guided the earthly author to write this book, it was meant to point to the ultimate redeemer that was to come.
Jesus Christ is the better Boaz. Just as Boaz lowered himself for the sake of Ruth, how much more did Christ lower himself for us?
Philippians 2 says though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the form of servant, being born in likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Christ put himself last for us! Sitting at the right hand of God, he reduced himself to be a lowly man. He did this so that so that he could redeem sinful and desperate humans like you and me. Christ put our honor above his own. Christ surely did not disappear when times got tough. His death and resurrection allowed our eternal destiny to be restored.
We have to understand this. This means that when we read the story of Ruth, we ultimately see the beauty of our Savior! Because of where he brought us from, we realize that only through Christ’s work by the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to please God. These things I tell you, putting yourself last, lowering yourself, it is impossible unless we put our faith in the person of Christ. He gives us the Holy Spirit who enlightens and transforms us. He makes us able to love and obey God. He makes us able to love and serve others. He makes able to put ourselves last. “