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As Titanic sank, he pleaded, ‘believe in the Lord Jesus!’

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by KenH, Nov 21, 2020 at 4:42 PM.

  1. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

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    ' When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Harper successfully led his daughter to a lifeboat. Being a widower he may have been allowed to join her but instead forsook his own rescue, choosing to provide the masses with one more chance to know Christ. Harper ran person to person, passionately telling others about Christ. As the water began to submerge the “unsinkable” ship, Harper was heard shouting, “women, children, and the unsaved into the lifeboats.” Rebuffed by a certain man at the offer of salvation Harper gave him his own life vest, saying, “you need this more than I do.” Up until the last moment on the ship Harper pleaded with people to give their lives to Jesus.

    The ship disappeared beneath the deep frigid waters leaving hundreds floundering in its wake with no realistic chance for rescue. Harper struggled through hyperthermia to swim to as many people as he could, still sharing the Gospel. Harper evidentially would lose his battle with hypothermia but not before giving many people one last glorious Gospel witness.

    Four years after the tragedy at a Titanic survivor’s meeting in Ontario, Canada, one survivor recounted his interaction with Harper in the middle of the icy waters of the Atlantic. He testified he was clinging to ship debris when Harper swam up to him, twice challenging him with a biblical invitation to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” He rejected the offer once. Yet given the second chance and with miles of water beneath his feet, the man gave his life to Christ. Then as Harper succumbed to his watery grave, this new believer was rescued by a returning lifeboat. As he concluded his remarks at the Ontario meeting of survivors he simply stated, “I am the last convert of John Harper.” '

    As Titanic sank, he pleaded, 'believe in the Lord Jesus!' - Baptist Press
     
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    kathleenmariekg Active Member

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    Thank you for sharing that!
     
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  3. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

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    You are more than welcome. It's a wonderful story to motivate one to share the gospel even in the most trying of circumstances.
     
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    This is how we should live our lives. Not arguing about which worldly political powers to support or what human understanding of God's mind to teach but witnessing with the realization that on average nearly 150,000 people die each and every day and a large portion never hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    This world is fading away. The Titanic is taking on water. Too often we have absolutely no sense of urgency, no passion for those perishing.

    Great story. Great lesson.
     
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