Chile’s Atacama Desert is said to be the driest place on earth. But in August 2010, the route to the San Jose mine, where 33 men had been trapped for over a month, was carpeted in a rare, lush spectacle: an explosion of purple flowers – the beauty of hope. It took 17 days after the collapse for rescuers to discover that all of the trapped men were still alive, yet getting them out was another thing altogether. After many unbelievable maneuvers, precise techniques, and God’s help, each man was pulled to safety and back into the arms of their families.
In many ways, that story is a parable of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All of us are trapped by sin at birth. We live in spiritual darkness. The only hope we have of escaping an eternity of death, doom and darkness is through Jesus Christ. He came down to earth to save us. The only hope we have is to trust in Him.
But, what if one of the miners had said, “I really appreciate all those folks have gone through to get us out, but I’m a tough, strong, dedicated miner. You guys can go if you want to, but I’m gonna try to make it out on my own.” What would you think of the miner who said that? You’d think he was an idiot…and he would have been! Sadly, that’s exactly how many folks respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ. They really believe that one way or another, they’ll make it to heaven on their own. Yet, there is only one way – through Jesus.
No matter how strong, independent and successful you are, if Christ tells the truth, He is your ONLY hope of salvation. I believe He tells the truth. How about you? Are you trapped in the darkness?