it seems we all love a great rescue story.

so it’s no surprise that the world was riveted the past couple days by the amazing rescue of the Chilean miners, trapped far below ground since august 5. each rescue brought a new wave of emotion and tears for thousands around the globe.

during the mid-afternoon yesterday, Omar Reygadas Rojas emerged from his mine-tomb. he was one of the older miners in the group.

he was also no stranger to being trapped underground.

this marked the third accident in his mining career. bad luck for him.

good luck for his mining brothers.

we can only imagine the source of comfort Omar was to his comrades over the days and weeks of dark captivity. he had been there before. he had survived before. he knew what it was like, and so he could bring both comfort and hope.

it seems we all love a great rescue story.

which is what the gospel is really about.

because of sin, each of us finds ourselves trapped in a dark prison, far from the light of God. we are helpless to save ourselves, fully dependent on a great rescue mission.

and in Jesus Christ, we find exactly that. because he once emerged from his own dark tomb of death, having been sacrificed for our own sins, we ourselves are rescued from sin, death and the devil by placing our faith in Him.

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying… it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.(Hebrews 2.14-17)

and not only that, but through the dark days of this life, while we await our eternal day of sunshine, as we continue to struggle against various dark places and constricting tomb-like situations, we have a brother who has been there before.

who has emerged victorious.

Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. (Hebrews 2.18)

not only did Jesus’ death win for us the victory over death for all time, but he also provides us daily comfort and hope, as we make our way through the tunnel of each day until we ultimately emerge into eternal light and life.

it seems we all love a great rescue story.

and why not?

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1 Response to rescue!

  1. michelle says:

    inspiring blog!

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