Scripture Reading: Mark 1:7-11

Our Lord Jesus’ fasting for Forty days teaches us the need for preparation.  It is the Spirit that drove Him into the wilderness to prepare for His Mission. Stephen J. Binz wrote “There he lives in a hostile environment with wild beasts for 40 days and is tempted by Satan. With his resolve tested, he proves himself faithful in his trial and ready for his mission. Jesus’ 40 days’ journey in the wilderness relives the Israelites 40 years’ journey through the desert, but unlike the Israelites Jesus overcame all the temptations, thereby demonstrating His obedience and faithfulness to God.”

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