“I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11)
A few years ago, there was a tragic event that hit our national news: a six-year-old boy, walking with his parents on a sand dune at an Indiana state park was suddenly swallowed up by the sand and disappeared! A sinkhole had apparently opened up and the little boy was trapped under more than eleven feet of sand for nearly four hours.
“Rescued! Saved! Boy Miraculously Alive!” shouted the news headlines across our nation. The boy was dug out of the sand and survived after a couple of weeks in the hospital. Rescuers believed that there may have been an “air pocket” (possibly from an old, decayed tree) deep in the sand that kept him alive with just enough air to breathe.
This story, as well as similar tales of dramatic rescues, always makes us thankful that a life was not tragically snuffed out.
I can’t help but think of the spiritual analogy of this rescue story—the comparison of this young boy’s rescue with those who have trusted in Christ to save and rescue them from the sinkhole of sin and death. The Bible also indicates that heaven gets its own exciting “newsflash” when one sinner repents by trusting in Christ’s finished work on the cross as the only means of salvation. It’s big news! The very “angels in heaven rejoice” (Luke 15:10) when someone is rescued from the devil’s grip and saved for all of eternity. This spiritual rescue is a big deal in heaven!
Our God is in the “search and rescue” business: “for the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Think about this familiar verse in John 3:16, in light of God seeking to rescue lost mankind: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Because of his great love for you, me, and all people, God is seeking us out to save us from the sin that has trapped us and to give us a brand new life!
It should not only be the angels who rejoice over the news of a spiritual rescue. We can thank God each and every day for his amazing, saving grace in our lives: “for he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).
What a Savior we have in Jesus Christ! He climbed into the sinkhole of our sin and despair, and he brought us out, that we might now live for him in gratitude. “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
Thank you, God, for how you saved me from my sin and rescued me so that I could have a relationship with you.