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“So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel” (Matthew 2:21).

Out of Egypt, the Lord led those in bondage into the promise of the freedom He gives.  Jesus has come to lead us out of bondage to sin and into the freedom the Gospel gives through grace.  Not a freedom to do as we please, but freedom to become children of God.  Born, not of flesh and blood, but of the Holy Spirit with power given by the One who comes to lead us into freedom.

Lord, You have made it so clear and yet, many of us do not understand.  You have set us free from sin, death, and the devil, but we often do not live in this freedom.  The example of what You have done is repeated over and over throughout Scripture.  Grant that my eyes would be opened so that I may see and believe.  When I see, help my feet to follow when You call me to a new place.

Lord Jesus, even before You were baptized by John in the river Jordan, You were leading the way.  Help me to be Your disciple, following Your life and the words You have given me.  Help me to be like You, doing faithfully the things You give me to do.  Help me now and always to look to You as the One who knows what He is doing so that I may be led by You in the way of righteousness.  Amen.

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