....In our text for today,
Jesus spends a long time praying and fasting. He spent a long time
being tormented and tested and tempted by the Devil. He was there for
By the way,
forty days is also the length of time between now and Easter; there are
forty days in the season of Lent Ė though if you count the days youíll
notice that there are actually more than forty days between Ash
Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
because the Sundays in Lent donít count. Sunday is always a day of
celebration. Itís always a day of feasting. Itís always a day in which
we remember the resurrection. Sunday is the Lordís Day; it is always a
celebration of Easter, a weekly reminder that Jesus was raised from the
dead on ďthe first day of the weekĒ (Lk 24:1).
So Lent is
the forty days of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, not
counting Sundays. But either way you count it, Lent will last a long
time. Long enough to make us notice it. For those of us who are using
this season as a time to fast or to practice new disciplines, it will
seem especially long. Lent will be long enough that we will need to be
reminded that God is still with us.