What would you expect when they insert six inch sticks halfway into the top of your eye socket and mash all along the top of your eyeball trying to reposition things inside your eye? Or when they insert a syringe into the front of your eye and pump in a gel that makes eye pressure increase by 50% in just a second or two? Or when they put a needle deep into your eye to ream out a blocked shunt? Or when they laser an eye the size of a marble over 300 times, leaving black burn marks that last for years? And all of this happens while you are awake, with only a couple of numbing drops to deaden the surface of your eye, which also has a fresh surgery incision, and a raw cornea the resident describes as “road rash of the eye.”
Sometimes I would like to watch my doctors undergo all of these things, then tell me it doesn’t hurt, not even “a bit.” I think every patient going through any sort of procedure has those daydreams, especially when they hear, “This won’t hurt a bit.”
And isn’t that why our Savior and High Priest is so precious to us? He does know that life can hurt, that Satan is a frighteningly strong power, that it is not easy to endure this world’s sorrows.
Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same, that through death he might bring to naught him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For truly not to angels does he give help, but he gives help to the seed of Abraham. Wherefore it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor those that are tempted, Heb 2:14-18.
So when He says it won’t hurt, we know it won’t. When He says we can overcome, we know we can. When He says the struggle is worth it, we know it is. Not only has He been through it Himself, but He will go through it again with us.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need. Heb 4:15,16