As the first of 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet underground in the collapsed mine in San Jose, Chile stepped out of the Phoenix rescue capsule, the sirens sounded across the Copiapo Mine, the families clapped and shouted with joy. After 69 days the first man had been brought to the surface. The world was able to witness this event live because of the latest advances in technology.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera was on hand to hug and congratulate Florencio Avalos as he also greeted his wife and 7 year old son, Bairon. The crowd outside began to chant, 'Chi - Chi - Chi -le - le - le' and expressed their joy with songs and smiles. I watched the event live on the night of October 12-13, 2010, able to see the men in the Underground Cavern, even as Florencio boarded the capsule.
As I watched the live news, I thought of a similar, but even greater rescue.
From greater depths, an even greater number of fine men were brought out. They were strong, faithful dedicated to their cause, but were trapped and needed to be set free. Like the miners in Chile, they had done nothing wrong, but there was no way out, humanly speaking.
The story of their deliverance is found in the book of Ephesians 4:8-10.
"Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things."
What an incredible statement! Jesus, was confined to a Cross, and in His death He descended to the place he told of in Luke 16:26 where: "There is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence".
Who were the Hero's that Jesus brought out of that place?
The answer is found in the book of Hebrews Chapter 11. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Samson, David and Samuel and more. They were all set free once Jesus had paid the price for our redemption by His sacrificial death at Calvary.
The writer of Hebrews makes a final statement at the end of the chapter saying, Heb 11:39-40 "And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect."
If you want something to get excited about, read more of the great work Jesus accomplished for you and me, to ensure that we will never have to go to a place like that, when we accept his 'rescue' on our behalf. If you have not yet thanked Him for what He did for you on the Cross, remember He is alive today, and can hear you when you speak.
You can thank Him now, and show your gratitude publicly as those Chilean miners did. They, one by one, came out of the pit, and embraced their President publicly. You can make your public confession of faith and gratitude to the Father God, Who provided your redemption through Jesus your Savior.