Beyond the Weekend

April 3 | Jesus: The Final Hope

April 3, 2020


In his great mercy [God] has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:3b, 6

Read: 1 Peter 1:3-6

Listen: 1 Peter 1


The story of Ruth begins in Bethlehem with the Elimelech’s journey to Moab with his two sons and wife Naomi in search of food. It ends in tragedy when father and sons die, leaving Naomi a helpless widow. She returns to Bethlehem with her loyal daughter-in-law Ruth. Tragedy turns to joy when Boaz becomes their kinsman-redeemer by marrying Ruth and restoring the family legacy.

But the Bethlehem story doesn’t end there. Boaz and Ruth have a son, Obed, who becomes the father of Jesse who is the father of David, the mightiest King of Israel. God promises David a distant ancestor will make his kingdom eternal (2 Samuel 7:12-13). This ancestor is Jesus who was born in Bethlehem and offers us redemption through his death on a cross for our sin (Matthew 1:11-16).

We need hope during this time of the COVID-19 virus. Most of us born after World War 2 have not been in a crisis of this magnitude. We need the eternal hope found in Jesus, the distant grandson of Boaz and Ruth. Thankfully God has given us everything we need to thrive in this time of uncertainty through Jesus Christ, who establishes us for eternity when we accept his gift of redemption.


In these days of uncertainty, we need to remember that God is never late and is working all things out. Watch Vertical Worship’s “Yes I Will” and worship Jesus—in the waiting—for the hope he gives us.

Celebrate communion with us this weekend during services. Check out our Communion at Home Guide at under Stay Engaged.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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