The Messenger - Sept/Oct 2011


Saved - at last!



Just recently, the plight of "Los 33", the Chilean miners who were trapped 700 metres below ground in the San José gold and copper mine, engaged the attention of millions around the world. We listened daily to the news bulletins, fearing the worst but hoping for the best. For 69 days they waited, hoped and prayed, yet often they must have pondered the possibility of perishing without ever being retrieved from the bowels of the earth. Their case seemed truly hopeless until a narrow shaft was drilled and an inserted camera detected that some of the men at least were still alive. Thus began the urgent efforts to reach the men and effect their rescue.

The remarkable feat of engineers in drilling a shaft into the very place where the miners had been imprisoned for over two months, has won the admiration of all who learned of it. What jubilation was seen when the specially constructed rescue capsule emerged from the narrow exit with the first miner on board and in an astonishingly short time the other 32 were brought up to meet and embrace family and friends who had maintained a vigil for all of those 69 days. Thank God, they were all saved – at last.

It is impossible for many of us to understand what it meant for those brave men to be separated from loved ones for all those weeks and to be completely unable to help themselves; knowing it was useless to cry for help as no one could hear.

Yet that is exactly how it is with all of us because of sin. Isaiah 59.2 reminds us, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear." We are totally incapable of saving ourselves; our best efforts are completely futile and like those miners, rescue must come from above. How glad I am that I can tell you that "… God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3.16. "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all …" Romans 8.32.


How wondrous the redemption plan,
Designed by God for ruined man!
His blessed Son in death laid low,
That He might endless life bestow.
(Albert Midlane)

It must indeed have been extremely costly to rescue those miners but no one complained and the joy of reunion far outweighed the mammoth effort and incredible expense to deliver them. My friend, have you ever stopped to consider for one moment what it cost God to provide salvation for us? Creation but cost Him His breath; He spoke gigantic worlds and billions of galaxies into existence; but to save us from hell and the lake of fire forever He had to send His Son into this world. The Lord Jesus went to Calvary and there offered to become responsible for the sins of the whole world and bear the awesome punishment for sins that we had committed. After six hours upon that lonely tree, rejected by the world and forsaken by His God, He at last cried in mighty triumph, "It is finished" and He died.

The judgment fell on Jesus' head,
By His shed blood sin's debt is paid;
God's justice will demand no more,
And mercy can dispense her store.
(Albert Midlane)

My dear friend, I urge you to trust the Saviour God sent and thus accept the salvation the Lord Jesus has provided.



Reproduced from "Assembly Testimony" obtainable from W. Neill
109 Lurgan Road, Banbridge, BT32 4NG, N.Ireland


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