July 13, 2018 0 Comments

The story I began last week turned out to have a very happy ending. All 12 boys and their coach, trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, were rescued a few days ago by the Navy Seals divers. In a world filled with so much bad news, this story is certainly heartening.
I see several parallels between this news event and God's simple plan of salvation. In both cases, it took a "rescue operation" to bring those destined for certain death to deliverance, and life, and safety. Let me share with you three specific spiritual truths we may glean from this "rescue" story:
FIRST, the NEED for a rescue. These boys were trapped, could not swim well, were running out of oxygen, and had no hope apart from outside intervention. In short, there was no way they could save themselves. The Bible says all of us need to be saved because we can't save ourselves. "For by grace are you saved, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift from God, not of works, lest any man should boast"(Eph. 2:8-9). "For when we were without strength, Christ died for the ungodly" (Rom. 5:6). "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He has saved us"(Titus 3:5).
SECOND, the ABILITY of the one who rescued. It took experienced Navy Seal divers to accomplish this great rescue operation. One of them even died trying to position fresh oxygen tanks along the escape route. These men were highly trained, they were qualified for the task. In the same manner, Jesus is qualified to save us from sin because He lived a sinless life and died a sacrificial death for our salvation. He said: "I am the way, the truth and the life"(John 14:6). Peter exclaimed: "Neither is there salvation in ANY OTHER, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved"(Acts 4:12). And the writer of Hebrews tells us: "He (Jesus) is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him" (Heb. 7:25). Yes, Jesus is able to save! Only Jesus.
THIRD, the JOY this salvation brings. What a sight to see all the parents and volunteer workers celebrating in joy as each of the young boys emerged from the cave safely. The Bible says: "There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents" (Luke 15:7).
If you think the physical rescue of these boys was amazing, think how much more amazing God's grace is in saving us spiritually and eternally.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.