On August 5, 2010 a massive explosion caused a mine in Chile to cave-in. You may remember it trapped 33 miners almost a half a mile below the surface. In a desperate attempt to locate survivors, the mining company began drilling holes. Seventeen days after the accident, a note was found taped to a drill bit that had been pulled back to the surface. It simply read, “We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us.” That was exciting news, but would they have enough air, water and food to survive until a rescue could be realized.

This spurred a massive rescue effort. On October 13, an estimated 1 billion people worldwide witnessed on television that dramatic rescue. One by one, all 33 miners were pulled safely to the surface. Can you imagine the emotional roller coaster that these men who were trapped in the mine and their family we waited anxiously for any news that bring hope experienced? I am sure there were times when it seemed hopeless. How can someone buried 2,300 feet below the earth’s surface survive for any length of time. Will there be any air in the shaft? Would the limited food and water they had sustain them for any length of time? Is there any conceivable way to facilitate a rescue of such enormity?

An even greater rescue occurred for a mankind—trapped in sin, when Jesus paid the penalty for our sin on the cross. As those miners were hopeless without that hole bored deep into the earth, so we were without hope without the cross of Christ. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.