Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
We begin by looking at a list of items lost -- and found -- on trains. Yes, there is such a list. Who knew? Then we move to the traditional gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent which tells about Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. It was in that vortex of temptation that Jesus lost some things, but found others.
For material based on today's OT text, see "Stone Testaments," March 5, 1995, at HomileticsOnline.com.
On this first Sunday in Lent, we are entering a season that lasts 40 days. This period of time is based on the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert, fasting and being tempted by the devil.
Forty days. That's a long time to fast, eating "nothing at all" (v. 2). A long time to be tempted by Satan.
Fortunately, Jesus was "full of the Holy Spirit" during this period, and he was "led by the Spirit in the wilderness" (v. 1). As grueling as these 40 days were, they had a purpose -- God knew that Jesus had to...