The greatest rescue in history

Engineers drilling to reach the 33 trapped miners in Chile say the men may soon be rescued. The rescue operation has gone much better than had been anticipated. The miners have been trapped underground for 2 months, longer than any other group. The process of bringing the men to the surface will be difficult and dangerous.

The trapped miners must have experienced many emotions. They were not discovered until 17 days after the rock fall. They had to face a seemingly certain death in the depths of the earth. Then contact was made and their hopes were raised, but the rescue operation would be long and difficult. Now, it seems, their ordeal is almost over and their hopes are high. The rescue operation looks as if it will be a great success. The rescue team and people all around the world will rejoice when the miners are reunited with their families again.

Jesus Christ came into this world to accomplish the greatest rescue in history. All of us struggle with our sinful hearts. Every day we break God’s commands. We are responsible for our actions and one day will stand before him to be judged. All of us have sinned and have fallen short of what God requires. Our sins separate us from God and have eternal consequences. We need someone to intervene and help us.

Jesus came to be the Saviour of needy people like us. He is the Mediator between God and us. One hymn writer says, ”Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.” Jesus looked with compassion on us and, at great cost to himself, paid the price of our sins by his death on the Cross.

When the rock fall happened, the miners in Chile knew they were in big trouble. Many people, it seems, don’t realise their need to be rescued by Jesus. We can live with little thought for the future and simply assume that all will be well. But there are times when we realise the sinfulness of our own hearts and the seriousness of our situation. We don’t have the power to change what we have done or to change our hearts. But in the Lord Jesus there is real hope. In him we can find a new beginning, forgiveness for our sins, peace with God and a bright hope for the future.