Lent is a time to pray, fast and perform acts of service. But how did it originate? As I mentioned in the previous post, Lent is the remembrance of when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days, fasted and was tested by the devil. Let's take a closer look at this time:
Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungered. - Matthew 4 : 1 - 2
Jesus was led by the spirit into the wilderness. Did he have to go? No. Just like the rest of us, we are given choices, but Jesus is a perfect follower of God's will, so he goes. The devil tempts him three times. The first time, the devil says that if Jesus is really God's son, he would turn the rocks into bread. Jesus replies "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.". The second temptation is when the devil takes Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and dares him to jump, saying that if he was God's son, God will send angels to catch him. Jesus replies that the Bible states not to test / tempt God. Then the devil promised Jesus that he'd be ruler of the land if he bowed to satan. Jesus replied for satan to leave, bother him no more, because man should only worship God. Then the angels came and tended to Jesus.
This shows that Jesus is completely obedient to God, not giving into temptation and also setting a perfect example. Humans are sinners and we are always tempted, but lent is a time to remember Jesus' perfect response to temptation.