We had two brothers trimming our trees. One was telling me he had lived with a girl for a several months, and then they broke up. “It was wrong and I knew it. So I confessed to God and now I’m starting over. I’ve moved back home with my parents. I want to do the right thing. Someday I’d like to get married, but I need to find the right girl.”
I told him it’s important to marry a woman who loves Jesus and wants to obey Him. I had given him a Bible the last time he worked for us. He said he’d been reading it. This time I suggested a Bible church near his home. He and his brother both said they’d try it.
Before they left I told them I wanted to share an exciting story with them about the Titanic that sank back in 1912. They knew the story, how there weren’t enough lifeboats for everyone. I said, “There was a preacher onboard named John Harper, and when the ship hit the iceberg, he began shouting: “Women, children and the unsaved into the lifeboats!” Harper knew the souls of the unsaved were not ready to face death, whereas believers were eternally prepared to lose their lives. On the deck of the ship, he prayed with passengers, leading them to salvation by praying to receive Christ.
“As the ship broke apart and plunged into the sea, he jumped into the icy waters. Witnesses said they could hear him preaching the gospel to those who were slipping into death. One man who survived said he was drifting along on a piece of the wreck when the tide brought Mr. Harper near him and he asked him if he was saved. This man said he was not. Harper replied, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.’ The waves moved him away; but a little later Harper returned. ‘Are you saved now?’
“‘No, I cannot honestly say that I am.’ Harper again said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,’ and shortly after that he went down; and there, alone in the night, the man BELIEVED. He was John Harper’s last convert.”
Both young men listened intently.
I said. “There is a verse in the Bible in John 3:16 that says, ‘ For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.‘ The Christian life boils down to that one thing: believing in the Lord Jesus. When a person truly believes, he will trust Jesus completely–and his life will show it.”
Both guys nodded in thoughtful agreement.
- Story by Dan Wooding: https://www.godreports.com/2012/04/pastor-on-titanic-preached-to-the-end-made-one-last-convert-as-he-floated-on-a-piece-of-wreckage/
- JOHN 3:16-18 – Music and arrangement by Kathleen