Forty Days of Fasting

February 14, 2016 Download: Audio

Matthew 3:13-4:11

Self-denial, particularly of food, fosters self-examination and repentance. It is reminiscent of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the beginning of his public ministry. Why did Jesus fast? Jesus fasted to identify with us. And so we fast to identify with him in his sufferings. Fasting reminds us of the depths of our longing and the depths of Christ’s love.