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Session 4

What it means to be redeemed

Read: Ruth 3:1-13

American Sniper is a movie about the most prolific sniper in American history. For the troops on the ground, the sniper is the protector or covering who ensures their safety from above.  

When on a mission, snipers carefully choose a strategic, high vantage point that allows them to protect their fellow soldiers from harm. Snipers are vigilant, not sleeping or moving from their position — sometimes for days — in order to save those they are entrusted to protect.

One of the qualities that makes a sniper an effective soldier is the same quality necessary to be a kinsman-redeemer — a willingness to sacrifice.

Even though another family member was first in line as kinsman-redeemer, Boaz willingly assumed the role. In becoming the kinsman-redeemer for Ruth and Naomi, Boaz was willing to sacrifice financially and personally to protect Ruth and Naomi from a life of poverty. Through the redemption process, Boaz would cover their past and restore their status in the community.

Just as Boaz stepped up as the kinsman-redeemer for his family, God sent Jesus to redeem us. All of us were born sinful and separated from God. We were powerless to change this on our own. Like Ruth and Naomi, we were stuck unless someone else intervened. That someone was Jesus.

Jesus sacrificed his life so we could have eternal life. 1 Peter 1:18-19 explains the exchange this way: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed...but with the precious blood of Christ…”  Knowing what was before Him and the price that was to be paid, Jesus gave it all to cover our past and reunite us with God.


  • Think about who you were before Jesus redeemed you. What has Jesus saved you from?
  • Think about who you are now that you’ve been redeemed. How has Jesus restored your status with God?
  • Think about all the problems you’re still trying to overcome. What do you need Jesus to protect you from?

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