And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. – Luke 4:1-2
Last Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) we began the season of Lent. This season runs forty days (not including the Sundays), the same amount of time Jesus spent in the wilderness.
Over these days we will face all the same temptations that Christ faced. The devil will try to convince us to depart from God’s ways and trust our lives to the things of this world (Luke 4:3-4). The devil will subtly lead us away from worshiping God to worship of Satan through the things of this world (Luke 4:5-8). The devil will even convince us to use Scripture falsely to accomplish his purposes (Luke 4:9-12). Yes, the devil will do all of this and many times we will fall to these temptations.
It is for this reason that we need to participate in the season of Lent. It is during Lent that we focus our eyes on Jesus, the One who was tempted as we are, but who resisted all these temptations on our behalf so that He might bear our sins upon the cross and die for us.
Lent is about looking to Christ, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), that we may die with Him and be raised to new life. It is through Word and Sacrament that the Holy Spirit keeps us united with Christ and faithful as we journey through the wilderness of this world.
Lent is for you and keeps you anchored in Christ, the One who has done it all for you.
In case you missed the message for the First Sunday in Lent or would like to listen again please follow this link or click below.
– Pastor Tim