It’s more than coincidental that the language surrounding the rescue of 33 miners in Chile resonates with words you would hear at a Salvation Army Rescue Mission:
Saved from certain death . . .
Rescued from a prison . . .
Dependent on outside help.
This is the verbal picture the Bible uses to show us our spiritual state.
“While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
“But God, . . . even when we were dead . . . made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him.” (Ephesians 2:4)
Our condition is hopeless unless someone comes down to rescue us. The essence of Christianity is that God became like us and came to us. It is He who lifts us. It is not we who make ourselves closer to Him.
At times like these, few people question their need for God. Many express the importance of faith in a transcendent Power. While we rejoice in the wonderful rescue of these 33 men, we ought to rejoice all the more in the wonderful salvation that Jesus offers all humanity. God wants everyone to be saved.