At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. – Mark 1:12
Before we get very far into the Lent period, I think it would be a good idea to give you an overview on what happens when and why. Hopefully this will be interesting for those of you who this is new information for, or a good refresher for old-timers.
5 Facts about Lent
- Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Most Christians regard Jesus’ time in the wilderness as the main reason for the duration of Lent. However, 40 days is also significant because:
- In Genesis, the flood was the product of 40 days and nights of rain.
- The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching God’s promised land
- Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
- Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen’. Lent occurs in Spring time when the days get longer.
- Purple is the colour used in most churches during Lent, as it is:
- Associated with mourning and so anticipates the crucifixion
- It is a royal colour to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and sovereignty
- Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Holy Week. Holy Week includes:
- Palm Sunday – Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem
- Maundy Thursday – the Last Supper before Jesus’ death
- Good Friday – Jesus’ death
- Easter Day – Jesus’ resurrection!
- During Lent, Christians replicate Christ’s sacrifice. It is not common anymore to fast for the whole of Lent, however many surrender something e.g. a favourite (unhealthy!) food. It doesn’t matter what this is – it is a test of self-discipline as a reflection of Jesus’ time in the wilderness.
I hope these were interesting! Please check back tomorrow as I continue my 40 day Lent series.