Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.”
This passage leads me to believe that Satan continued to besiege the Messiah with temptations. Perhaps the greatest of which was justice: for it is known even among many non-believers that Peter disowned the Christ three times. His deeds deserved desertion as well; he should have been sifted and blown away with the chaff.
But God upholds mercy as the greater value. While we as humans have gotten a pretty good hold on justice and even love it to a certain degree (Look at Iron Man and Punisher as wildly popular forms of media that exemplify this) grace is not understood or easily practiced. There is no social norm that makes us believe forgiveness “should” happen and it often goes against the results of our studies of human behaviors. Spare the rod, spoil the child.
But I stray from the verse. The point I was making is that Satan continues to interact with Jesus throughout his life, but isn’t often mentioned. What other personal struggles did Jesus face? How often was he reminded of the divine power at his fingertips and the iniquity of those he came to save? To imagine the onslaught of the ethereal as well as the corporeal that our Savior faced, I am amazed by even just my imagination. I shudder to think what actually happened.
Our God is an awesome God.