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Christmas: A Savior Has Been Born

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Welcome to Real Life. Not long after I surrendered my life to Christ as a teenager, I ran into a friend in the school cafeteria. She asked, “What’s new?”

“I got saved,” I said.

“Saved from what?” she replied.

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Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
At the launch of Jesus’ public ministry, he stood in his local synagogue and read these words from the prophet Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
[1] Then, Jesus said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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