What A Difference A Day Makes by Nelson Price

MATTHEW 4:1-11

Jesus Christ truly does feel your pain. "For we do not have a
High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was
in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

That means Jesus can relate to you. The question is will you
let Him relate to you?

One day Jesus was in the lush Jordan Valley enjoying the
atmosphere of an oasis. There He was baptized by John in the cool
emerald waters of the Jordan as an approving crowd looked on.

The moment was climaxed by the Spirit of God descending
upon Him in the form of a dove and the voice of God the Father
was heard to say, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well

This was an exhilarating moment of triumph and approval for
Jesus. What a refreshing high time!

Next on the agenda: the Wilderness of Judea. The vast
seemingly endless stretch of barren sand mountains strewn with
bits of limestone and agate stand in contrast to the Jordan Valley
with its palm trees and flowing waters. Here even hardy survivalist
in modern times have perished.

His companion: not the supportive John the Baptist, but His
old nemesis, Satan.

These two had known each other since before the dawn of
creation. Satan had been created a bright and shiny angel
assigned to attend the throne room of heaven. In eternity he had
contested with Christ for authority and power. It was that rebellion
that resulted in his expulsion from heaven.

Now the world's two truly great super powers meet again,
the adversary and the Advocate.

What a difference a day makes. One day a day of delight.
The next a day of dread. One day a day of blessing, the next a day
of burdens.

One day He was paid tribute by God the Father, the next He
was tempted by Satan.

One important elemental aspect of this experience often
overlooked is found in Matthew 4: 1, "Then Jesus was led up by the
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