This, of course, is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent, a Christian application said to reflect the 40 days in the wilderness Jesus spent dealing with the temptations offered by Satan. There is an ominous reference in the description of Luke to the successful conclusion of the forty days by Jesus when Luke observes, " ---he (Satan) parted from him until an opportune time." An opportune time! It's easier to get hammered at an opportune time, even if you expect it, and you are brave enough to prepare for it. I was always chuffed by those who stuck their neck out and stuck by their principles at personal cost. We have to look in the mirror with some degree of sanity at some time. If an agent of evil like Judas Iscariot appeared at the opportune time it was too late and too feeble. As Paul said, " Death is swallowed up in victory." It seems three years was enough.
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