Why do we celebrate Lent for 40 days?

Don’t forget what Lent is all about!  It is a time when we are reminded of what Jesus gave up for us and a time when we look forward to and prepare for His death and resurrection!

We celebrate Lent for six weeks, or 40 days, as we remember Christ’s temptation in the wilderness in the Gospel of Matthew.  There Jesus was without food for 40 days.

We remember the temptation of the Israelites in the desert after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt.  This lasted 40 years.

Finally, we can remember the story of Noah and his family.  After 40 days and 40 nights of rain, the Lord delivered them as He promised.

During these 40 days of Lent, we remember God’s faithfulness to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus, our Savior.  Jesus remains faithful to us, always being where He promises to be: in His Word and Sacraments. Wow!  What a Savior!

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