We know about the connection between Passover and Easter. But what about the connection between the 40 days of Lent and the ancient Jewish holiday Jesus observed?
Preparation is the Purpose
At first glance, Passover and engaging in the discipline of Lent seem to have little in common. We find the parallel, however, when we look at Passover more broadly. Passover includes the months of preparation for the meal itself.
For Jews observing Passover, the preparation is just as important as the meal itself. We prepare by cleaning our homes of bread. We prepare by studying the Exodus story. We prepare through self-examination.
Just as Lent prepares Christians for Easter, these actions prepare our bodies and souls to experience the Passover meal.
The Journey to Freedom
Both Lent and Passover preparation also draw their inspiration from the Exodus story. Lent traditionally lasts for 40 days.
This number is derived from the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert after his baptism by the John the Baptist. These 40 days were preparation for proclaiming the message of salvation.
This number and purpose parallel the Israelite experience during the exodus. They lived in the wilderness for 40 years.
These 40 years were preparation for experiencing redemption in the