Jesus spent forty days in the womb of the wilderness before being rebirthed into the world; it was the most confinement He would experience until His ultimate confinement on the cross. He wrestled with the trials He would face during His brief ministry here on earth, and soundly victored over each stumbling block in the spirit...He had little time to win the heart of mankind and needed to clear the path to the cross before setting out...
He trailblazed His trajectory, taking on one obstacle at a time; He triumphed over temptation after temptation till not a stone was left to trip Him up: There was no time to be hindered by hedonism, no space for adulation of any God save One, no place for vainglory or the distraction of self indulgence.
In this desert battlefield He fought each foe that would flesh out over the next three years, incapacitating every strategem of Satan's. He had a single eye on the redemption of His people and nothing must be left to prevent His progress toward that end.
This Lenten labor continued till every impediment was rendered impotent, and our Lord was delivered to effect man's deliverance.
What a privilege this season affords us as we partake of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means we may follow in His footsteps and attain to the ressurection from the dead.*
"...Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but one thing I do: forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."