126:3.2 On Wednesday evening, April 17, A.D. 9, Ruth, the baby
of the family, was born, and to the best of his ability Jesus endeavored to take the place
of his father in comforting and ministering to his mother during this trying and
peculiarly sad ordeal. For almost a score of years (until he began his public ministry) no
father could have loved and nurtured his daughter any more affectionately and faithfully
than Jesus cared for little Ruth. And he was an equally good father to all the other
members of his family.
145:0.1 Jesus and the apostles arrived in Capernaum the evening of Tuesday, January 13. As usual, they made
their headquarters at the home of Zebedee in Bethsaida. Now that John the Baptist had been sent to his death,
Jesus prepared to launch out in the first open and public preaching tour of Galilee.
The news that Jesus had returned rapidly spread throughout the city, and early the
next day, Mary the mother of
Jesus hastened away, going over to Nazareth to visit her son Joseph.
145:0.2 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Jesus spent at the Zebedee house instructing
his apostles preparatory to
their first extensive public preaching tour. He also received and taught many earnest
inquirers, both singly and in groups. Through Andrew, he arranged to speak in the synagogue on the coming Sabbath day.
145:0.3 Late on Friday evening Jesus' baby sister, Ruth, secretly paid him a visit.They
spent almost an hour together in a boat anchored a short distance from the shore. No human
being, save John Zebedee, ever
knew of this visit, and he was admonished to tell no man. Ruth was the only member of
Jesus' family who consistently and unwaveringly believed in the divinity of his earth
mission from the times of her earliest spiritual consciousness right on down through his
eventful ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension; and she finally passed on to the
worlds beyond never having doubted the supernatural character of her father-brother's
mission in the flesh. Baby Ruth was the chief comfort of Jesus, as regards his earth
family, throughout the trying ordeal of his trial, rejection, and crucifixion.