Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
Luke 4:1-13 (The Temptation of Jesus in the desert)
This is the first Sunday in Lent. Lent started on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, when people around the world apply the charred remains of last year’s palm crosses to their foreheads. It is a symbol of identification with Jesus in the desert for 40 days, fasting and tempted by the devil. The ash in part symbolises the dry, barren desert landscape in which we find Jesus near death and taunted by the devil. And so it marks for us also a 40 day journey towards Easter! The journey starts in the dry, barren, dead desert and ends with resurrection and life at sunrise on the 40th day.
A journey from the desert to the resurrection.
A resounding theme of this journey is from death to life, a theme that has laser like focus on it in the Easter events. But it is there in the temptation of Jesus in the desert
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