What a fantastic story of hope and courage, the Chilean miners were rescued to a man in what appeared to be a perfectly engineered plan. It is hard to imagine what it must have been like down there – I get claustrophobic under the bed covers. They had faith that they would be rescued and this kept them going.
The fact that they had this faith is not the parable, but rather their incarceration and release is a dramatic illustration of how God saves us.
1. They were trapped, they could not rescue themselves. It is the same with us all, we are unable to save our own souls.
2. They needed to be rescued by someone who was outside of the damaged mine. It is the same with us, we need to be rescued by someone from outside.
3. Like the man who went down in the cage when it first descended, so Jesus descended to our situation – he became one of us to bring us to freedom.
4. They were living in darkness, and although many deny it – all humans live in darkness until God shines light. To deny that is to demonstrate its truth.
5. Everyone was saved. God saves everyone he chooses, not one is lost.
Although these men knew what sunlight and fresh air is, perhaps they started to wonder if they could remember what it felt like to be in the light and in fresh air. Now humans have a sense of eternity buried inside them, we all sense that there is ‘something else’, something bigger, something better – something we are designed to experience that this world cannot bring. Many Hollywood films express this. “City of Ember” is about 2 children believing they can escape from an underground world to a better world. “The Matrix” imagines this world is an illusion and there is a bigger, more real world. “The Village” shows how fear and ignorance can keep us trapped in a prison and not seek the truth. C.S.Lewis said ““If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”. Look inside and you may find the same thought – is this world all there is? No ‘we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal‘
Well that’s what I believe anyway!