The Greatest Rescue Mission

On June 23, 2018, twelve young soccer players and their coach set out on what they thought would be an exciting adventure. The group entered into the Thom Luang Cave in Thailand, unaware that the heavy rains outside the cave would soon have them trapped in darkness. It wasn’t long before the boys and their coach realized they were stranded, with no way to save themselves. They needed someone to rescue them.

The world rallied around the efforts to save the lives of the team and their coach. Devising a plan, experienced divers courageously entered the cave. After 18 days, each boy was rescued from the darkness and reunited with his family. The boys were overwhelmed. One boy stated he was so happy, he was moved to tears. The rescue was significant. The news spread all over the world, and people everywhere rejoiced with the boys and their families. A situation that seemed hopeless was now one of the greatest rescue stories of our time—one that will be remembered for generations to come. 

When the Israelites came to the Red Sea, the situation looked hopeless. With over 600,000 people trying to escape, an army of Egyptians seeking their lives, and a body of water in their way, the Israelites were in desperate need of rescue. As Moses lifted his staff over the sea, the Lord parted the waters and the Israelites walked through on dry ground. The Israelites had been rescued from the hand of the Egyptians and were no longer in slavery; they had been set free! They witnessed the might and power of God in a way they had never experienced before. They were overwhelmed that God had delivered them. As Moses shared with his father-in-law, Jethro, Jethro rejoiced when he heard, “…all the good that the LORD had done and that he had delivered them from the hand of the Egyptians.” Jethro was so moved by this that he brought a burnt offering and sacrifice to God. Moses told the people, “This is a day to remember forever—the day you left Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the LORD brought you out of it with a mighty hand (Ex. 13:3, NLT).” This historical rescue is still celebrated by the Jewish population to this day.

Yet we have experienced the greatest and most significant rescue of all time. Colossians 1:13 says, “He has rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (ESV).” Christ’s blood released us from bondage. With His blood he purchased us out of the slave market of sin. Colossians 2:14 says, “…canceling the record of debt that stood against us  with its legal demands. This He set aside nailing it to the cross (emphasis added, ESV).” We have been released from the grip of sin. The power of the cross turns arrogance, greed, lust, jealousy, sexual immorality, materialism, gossip, and deceit into kindness, compassion, humility, patience, and forgiveness. 

When the 12 boys and their coach, stranded in a cave, were brought out of darkness, they were moved to tears, understanding the significance of their rescue. When the Israelites were brought out of Egypt, their thankful hearts poured out praise and they could not keep quiet, having been delivered from 430 years of slavery in Egypt. 

What about you? What is your response having received the most significant rescue of all time? Who have you told? What have you sacrificed? How is your life different having been rescued from eternal darkness?

May our lives be lived in full surrender to the One who gave His very life for our deliverance. May our time, treasure, and talents be used in a way that reflects a heart of thankfulness for the greatest Rescuer of all—Jesus Christ.