Thursday, October 14, 2010

OnFire #238 Rescue From the Mines

OnFire Encouragement Letter
OnFire #238 Rescue from the Mines

If you’re like us, you probably watched the recovery of the miners in Chile. Stuck over 2000 feet underground for almost 70 days, the 33 men survived the collapse of a mine on August 5. Feared dead initially, they were discovered alive after an amazing 17 days when a hole was drilled into their cavity. Since then, rescuers worked to drill a hole big enough to lift the men one at a time in a steel cage. Amazingly, all were rescued.

I’ve been thinking about this for some time, that we might compare their rescue to the second coming of Jesus. All metaphors or comparisons eventually break down, but check this out.

Life here on earth is dark and bleak compared to what awaits us in heaven.

We are without hope unless we have a Rescuer

Our Rescuer put communication in place through the prophets, scripture, and prayer.

Our Rescuer came down to put the plan into action

We need to prepare ourselves in order to be ready for the journey to the surface

All eyes everywhere will be watching when Jesus returns

We will rise to meet Jesus

There will be great excitement on that day

There will be a great reunion when we are rescued

I would hate to press things too far, but I think you get the idea. The rescue of the miners in Chile reminds us of the great hope all believers have in the second coming of Jesus Christ. As Paul tells us in Titus 2:13, the second coming is our “blessed hope.”

As we remember the miners being rescued, let’s not only marvel and give thanks that they were rescued, but may we also give thanks that our Rescuer, Jesus Christ, is coming back for us.

I hope this helps. Be on fire.


OnFire is a weekly letter on faith and character written by Troy Dennis. Troy is the Pastor of Family Ministries at Highfield Baptist Church, Moncton NB Canada. This letter published Oct 13, 2010. *Scripture taken from the New International Version. To subscribe or reply, email Archives are located at Blog located at

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