Every year fans of baseball know that with the coming of Spring begins spring training for star athletes. Most baseball players know how to play the game, they know how to throw, bat, hit, run and all aspects of playing the game. But still, they are required to show up for spring training and begin anew the habits and practices that will make them successful in their sport.
We as Christians also have spring training. It’s called Lent. For 40 days we have a time in which we can show up and begin anew the habits and practices that bring us closer to our God. It is a time to remember our history, to prepare for the Christian World Series (a/k/a resurrection) and to fall in love with our faith and our Lord all over again. We need this training.
Forty days has many significant meanings in the Bible. It is a number seen throughout and used many times. For me…forty days isn’t long enough to thank Jesus for the gift of grace. But I’m going to try.
Matthew 4:1-11 (KJV)
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.