A friend of ours lived first hand the nail-biting drama of a huge rescue effort on Mount Baldy, California. Her daughter and a friend were taking a day hike and the weather turned. Because of thick fog and snow, they were no longer able to see the trail. The girls quickly got disorientated descending a steep ravine and were unable to get out. It was fortunate that they were dressed warmly as they spent the night on that mountain. Thankfully, the dedicated work of the many search and rescue teams, helicopters and dog teams paid off. They were brought back safe and sound to the arms of family and friends, television cameras rolling. But there was Someone else involved in that rescue, in answer to the many prayers of believers.
Our verse for today speaks of a rescue that is even more dramatic. It is the rescue of a soul from death. I often think that the story of my salvation is not so exciting as I came to the Lord at a very tender age. But every story of salvation is a story of rescue! Colossians 1:13 says that He rescued us from the domain of darkness. Christ came to seek and to save the lost. God transferred us out of that darkness and into the Kingdom of His beloved Son.
The search and rescue teams spent time, money and much effort to affect this rescue. But what Christ did on that cross to rescue me cost so much more! Thank you, Lord, that my soul can be at rest because You have rescued me!