Easter is the story of new beginnings, the story of no more endings, the story of help, the story of hope, the story of new life. It cannot be nailed down to a tree. It cannot be sealed up in a tomb... and it cannot be known by wearing a cross around our necks. The Easter story can only be known by living it out, by trusting in God, by letting go of what once was and living into God's what will be.
Biblically, wildernesses aren't so much places where we are punished; the wilderness/deserts are places where we are prepared. Frequently, the time of preparation is symbolized by 40 days. As we enter into Lent, which last for 40 days, it would do us well to ask the question, “for what are we being prepared?” Looking at Matthew 4:1-11, the scripture Lent uses as it's foundation, I take a fresh look at what Lent can mean to us.