A TRUE Story That Happened As The Titanic Sank

Our world is so full of lies that we come to expect them. The story of the sinking of the Titanic is no exception. The latest high tech, state of the art movie about this event really stretched the truth to say the very least. Although the graphics were fascinating, the story line of a love triangle on this rapidly sinking ship really pushed the envelope in the realm of truth, and was not realistic at all when one considers the time that the story finds itself–at the later part of the Victorian Era. I found the movie especially anachronistic and the plot was perhaps more indicative of our day. The following, however, is a true story of an individual on this sinking ocean liner. It was written by Paul Wilkinson: “John Harper (a pastor from Glasgow, Scotland) had spent 3 months ministering at Moody Church in Chicago, during which time the church had experienced one of the most wonderful revivals in its history. He had not been back in Britain long, however, when he was asked to return and continue his ministry. Harper quickly made arrangements for himself and his 6 year old daughter, Nana, to travel back to America on board the Lusitania but decided to delay their departure for 1 week so that they could sail on a new ship which was about to make its maiden voyage-the Titanic. The Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40pm on April 14, 1912. As the call was issued for passengers to vacate their cabins, Harper wrapped his daughter in a blanket, told her that she would see him again 1 day, and passed her to 1 of the crewmen. After watching her safely board one of the lifeboats, he removed his life-jacket and gave it to 1 of the other passengers. One survivor distinctly remembered hearing him shout, “Women, children, and the unsaved into the lifeboats!” Harper then ran along the decks pleading with the people to turn to Christ, and, with the ship sinking, he called upon the Titanic’s orchestra to play, “Nearer, My God, To Thee.” Gathering people around him on deck, he then knelt down, and “with joy on his face,” raised his arms in prayer. As the ship began to lurch, he jumped into the icy waters and swam frantically to all he could reach, beseeching them to turn to the Lord Jesus and be saved. Finally, as hypothermia set in, John Harper sank beneath the waters and passed into the Lord’s presence. He was 39. Four years later, a young Scotsman by the name of Aguilla Webb stood up in a meeting in Hamilton, Canada, and gave the following testimony: “I am a survivor of the Titanic. When I was drifting alone on a spar that awful night, the tide brought Mr. John Harper of Glasgow, also on a piece of the wreck, near me. Man, he said, “are you saved?” “No,” I said, “I am not.” He replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” The waves bore him away; but, strange to say, brought him back a little later, and he said, “Are you saved now?” “No,” I said, “I cannot honestly say that I am.” He said again, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,” and shortly after, he went down; and there, alone in the night, and with 2 miles of water under me, I believed. I am John Harper’s last convert.” In a tribute to Harper, which was published in 1912 under the heading, “The Three Themes of a Hero,” William Andrew of Glasgow noted that the three themes of John Harper’s preaching had been “the Cross of Christ, God’s marvelous grace to man, and the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” “


One thought on “A TRUE Story That Happened As The Titanic Sank

  1. I have heard that same documentary myself Dad, glad you posted it. 🙂 I also have been enjoying the Calvinism / Armenian debate below, as you knew I would…


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