April 15 Day 106
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“Death is Swallowed up in Victory” – 1 Corinthians 15:54
The Titanic, The Icy Waters, and the Last Words of the Evangelist, Harper
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It was on April 15th, 1912 that the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean at 2:20 AM. It has been 100 years since Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, killing more than 1,500 passengers yet little is known of one story that involves a heroic pastor and his passion to save lives and souls.
When the Evangelist John Harper and 6 year old daughter boarded the Titanic they were headed to preach at the Moody Church in Chicago, named for its famous founder Dwight L. Moody.
When the Titanic hit an iceberg, Harper successfully led his daughter to a lifeboat. Harper ran person to person, passionately telling others about Christ. As the water began to submerge the Titanic, Harper was heard shouting, “women, children, and the unsaved into the lifeboats.”
The Titanic disappeared beneath the deep frigid waters leaving hundreds of people in the icy waters with no realistic chance for rescue.
At a Christian conference in Switzerland, an old man gave his testimony. He told how he had been on the Titanic, which went down in the north Atlantic with some 2,200 passengers on board. He had been 1 of the 700 who survived.
He told the story how he found himself struggling in the cold sea water to stay afloat. Near him swam the American evangelist, Harper, who asked him, “Are you saved? Think about your soul.”
With this, Harper sank under a wave of the icy sea, then after a few seconds reappeared. Again he asked, “Are you prepared to appear before the Lord?”
The man replied, “I don’t know how to get saved.” Harper told him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus. His blood cleanses from all sins.”
“These were Harper’s last words,” continued the old man. “I watched as he succumbed to the rigors of the icy Atlantic. A boat finally picked me up. I am Harper’s last convert.”
When the Titanic set sail there were 3 classes of passengers listed. Yet immediately after the disaster, the White Star Line in Liverpool, England placed a list of passengers on a board outside its office with only 2 classes of passengers reading, KNOWN TO BE SAVED and KNOWN TO BE LOST.
As the day of our Lord’s return gets nearer we see the earth sinking in an ocean sin and depravity. The Evangelist Harper spent his last moments giving hope to the perishing. Be open to the Lord bringing people in your life that are not saved. You never know if the words you share with them will the last words they hear before stepping into Eternity.
Words to Think About…
“Those people, who did the greatest things for God, weren’t really trying at all. They were just being obedient.” – Rich Mullins 1956-1997 (Christian Singer Song Writer)
Alexander the Great left orders that when he was carried to the grave, his hands should not be wrapped in the specially treated clothes used by the embalmers of that day, but rather be exposed to view so that all might see that they were empty!
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, for what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot (1927-1956 ~ Missionary murdered by the Iriqui Indians. Written in his journal at age 22: