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We call the Friday following Thanksgiving “Black Friday” because retailers open their doors with big sales intended to lure in Christmas shoppers.  These sales are a major source of annual income for retailers, and can be the difference between getting their finances in the black (meaning they made a profit for the year), or ending the year in the red (having a net loss).  However, the first black Friday was when Jesus died on the cross at noon and the sun refused to shine.  God’s gift was our gain, and because of the red that Jesus bled on that Friday, we can end our lives in the black, in the positive rather than the negative.  Jesus paid our debt with His own blood and ransomed us from sin.

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