In the musical, Les Misérables, based on the French novel by Victor Hugo, paroled ex-convict, Jean Valjean, shunned by society, is desperate for food and shelter. A catholic bishop welcomes him into his home and serves him dinner. Later, in the middle of the night, despite the bishop’s kindness, Valjean double-crosses him. Valjean remembers the silver spoon he used to eat his soup and stole the bishop’s valuable silverware. He is quickly caught by the police and brought back to the bishop’s home where the bishop verifies that the silver was a gift and, moreover, Valjean left the best of the silver, the candlesticks behind. As an act of blessing, the bishop declares to Valjean, “God has raised you out of darkness, I have saved your soul for God.”
Jean Valjean was redeemed by the mercy of a loving man. We have been Redeemed with the blood of a loving God.
As we continue the story of Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 4:1-12), Boaz has agreed to redeem Ruth, but now he must wait until he finds out whether a closer relative will exercise his rights of redemption. What are the requirements of a Redeemer? Who qualifies? What’s the process? What’s the price of redemption? We’ll examine these questions and discover how Jesus, as our Kinsman Redeemer, paid the penalty for our sin and purchased our freedom to live for God.