It still baffles the Coast Guard. How the fifteen passenger rescue boat carried thirty-six people to safety is inexplicable, but it happened when Petty Officer Webber steered his crew through the freezing snowstorm to rescue the tanker Pendleton’s survivors off Cape Cod. This still is considered the most heroic rescue in the United States Coast Guard’s history.
There was another rescue which was as memorable. Jeremiah had preached the final warnings to the people of Jerusalem. Surrender and live; fight and die! Having been accused of treason, he was apprehended and sentenced to die a slow death of either starvation or exposure in the dried up well shaft. There was only enough water in the old well to mire the clay at the bottom. He could not save himself. He was a dead man, yet Ebedmelech the Ethiopian came to his rescue.
Ebedmelech’s name means “Servant of the King.” The Servant of the King rescues Jeremiah from the incompetent king, Zedekiah, who would eventually face justice for his diabolical leadership. Jeremiah could not do anything for his rescue accept to put on the Rope of Hope. The rope of old rags let down by Ebedmelech was not an impressive rescue, but it was effective.
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was called the Servant King in the book of Isaiah. As the Servant King, he spoke on our behalf to our diabolical ruler, Satan, who’s snare of sin had mired us. There was no hope we would ever see the light of day again, but in the most unassuming way, Jesus let down the Rope of Hope, His life, as our rescue. It did not look like much. He was only an itinerant preacher, largely unknown and completely disrespected by the authorities. However, once you put on Jesus Christ by repenting of your sin and accepting Him as your Savior, He pulls you up out of the miry clay.
David said it best when he wrote in Psalm 40:
I waited patiently for the Lord;
And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust…
You can experience the Greatest Rescue in human history if you have not already. Will you repent of your sin which has condemned you to an eternal prison the Bible calls Hell? Will you “put on” Christ as your Rope of Hope?
If you have already accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you have a new song. It’s the song of the Gospel. Sing the praise unto your God so many shall see it, fear, and trust in the Lord.