Last week the trapped miners in Chile were rescued. What an amazing sight it was to see some of these men as they were safe above the ground and the rejoicing that was taking place. These men were, at first, considered lost but then were found alive. Ten weeks later the first of the thirty three men came from the pit of the earth.
While these men have been trapped, life has continued moving forward. Some of them have had birthdays, perhaps anniversaries. One miner had a child born while he was trapped. He missed the birth of his child, and has never had the opportunity to hold or kiss him. His wife was alone at the birth and rejoiced for the child while hurting as her husband was trapped. Now, she gets to be with her husband once again and he will see his son.
As the men were freed what joy must have thrilled their hearts. It was emotional watching families reunite. There were crowds on hand to cheer each miner. One reporter stated, "It’s hard not to cry as these men are freed and reunited with their families."
It took a great effort to get these men delivered to safety. It took many people, some of them from our own nation. Isn’t it amazing how people can work together when there is a need?
In our world today there are many people who are trapped. They are not in a mine beneath the earth but rather in sin. Satan has deceived our world into believing that sin is not important. Our post-modern world says that there are no absolutes of right or wrong so each one can live as they desire and still be pleasing to God. Nothing is further from the truth.
In the days of the Judges it is reported, "Everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (17:6; 21:25). God has given us His Word to guide and teach His truth. Jesus came into our world of sin to "rescue" us from the dominion of darkness (Col 1:13). Satan has a way of enticing. He does not make us sin, but deceives us into thinking there is a better way. His is a way of darkness where there is no light.
We have been told that when one sinner repents there is rejoicing in heaven. When a sinner finds his way home he is rescued from eternal punishment (Matt. 25). Today there may be someone that we need to go to with the gospel. We point men to the Light so their families can rejoice and the family of believers also.
Do you need to be rescued from sin? Do you need to tell others how they can be rescued? Do so today.