There are a lot of blogs that do a wonderful job explaining lent, what it’s about, where it came from, etc. I tend not to get too technical, so if you have a lenten blog that you would like to share, you are invited to comment on this blog with an invitation to readers.
You see, following Jesus’ baptism, he headed straight to the desert, where he fasted for forty days and forty nights and was tempted by satan. The season of lent represents those forty days, which explains why some Christian denominations are asked to fast (not eat as much and abstain from meat on Fridays). In fasting, we can truly identify with being tempted, as Jesus was in the desert.
We are also asked to give something up for lent. I am giving up candy, for I have a real sweet tooth. So, every time I have a craving for candy, I stop and meditate on what it was like for Jesus.
Lent is also about feasting.
To borrow from an unknown source:
Fast from hostility; feast on peacemaking.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from anger; feast on patience
Fast from despair; feast on hope.
But, what happened when Jesus came out of the desert?
Quite simply, this is when His ministry began. So, while lent is a season of inner reflection that causes us to focus on the passion of Christ (Easter), it then should draw us into the rest of the year and our ministry of walking in the footprints of our Lord. We can’t miss this part.