On August 5, 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped in a mine over 2000 feet below the earth’s surface. They weren’t discovered alive until 17 days later. Everyone thought they were dead. Seventeen days of isolation and darkness without any hope.
Four small holes were bored so food, medicine and supplies could be given to them. The miners had to work together to keep their spirits up and prepare for their rescue.
All were put on diets because the rescue hole was quite small. Each had an exercise routine. They ate together, prayed together and worked together in twenty-four hour shifts to clear the debris from the bored holes.
One man, who had taken a six month nursing course, administered medicine and took blood and urine samples regularly from the men so their health could be monitored when the samples were sent above ground for analysis.
The president of Chile sought help from the best minds in the world to rescue these men. Twelve drillers from twelve different countries were assembled to create a plan to rescue these miners.
Finally, on October 10, 2010, the 33 miners were rescued after a 68 day ordeal, which many describe as a true miracle of God.
Put yourself in that situation. What are some of the emotions and thoughts that would go through your mind?
- *The first seventeen days when no one knew you were even alive.
- *The fifty one days preparing for your rescue.
- *Being lifted out of the earth, from over 2000 feet below the surface. It took twenty minutes for the one-man rescue capsule to come from the bottom where the miners were trapped, to the surface.
- *Connecting with your loved ones after days of hopelessness.
These men were overjoyed about being rescued because they knew they were in trouble and couldn’t rescue themselves.
What about people who need rescuing but are unaware of the danger they face or ignore the danger?
On December 29, 2011, police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, rescued a man who was sleeping in a burning car. The Grand Rapids Press reported the man fell asleep in a parked car with his foot on the accelerator before the fire started. The police said the engine apparently overheated causing the blaze.
A lot of people live like this drunken man. They are totally unaware of the danger of being separated from God forever.
It’s interesting how we will prepare for life but ignore the spiritual dimensions. Whether you are aware or unaware of your need of rescue, I’ve got good news for you.
John 20:31 emphatically says, “But these things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
The simplicity of John 3:16 is still true for all of mankind: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever (that’s you) believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Eternal life is the best of both worlds – now and after death.
Jesus came to rescue us from our sin-nature that separated us from God the Father. He died for our sins and purchased a place for us in heaven, which He offers as a gift. This gift is received by faith.
Saving-faith is the key that unlocks the door to freedom forever. The Bible says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
This means transferring your trust from yourself to Christ.
Once you make this decision you will experience what it means to truly be rescued.