"...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."http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=3760...
What an incredible love story... that we may never see on the "silver screen" ...but it is remembered this 100th year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This is a compelling drama of survival... but not of the fittest, but rather of the just. Some say that there were those who survived the sinking of the Titanic, but I say they all died!
100 years from that fateful voyage makes that statement an absolute fact.
Some 1500 died in the icy waters... only to be followed by the rest of the crew and passengers in the years to follow. So what was gained by surviving death at the sinking of the Titanic? Time. Time was gained. Some precious moment or month... year or decade... only to be engulfed by the waves of death that will sweep over us all some day. So what of time? How careful are we it's stewards? Granted a moment longer, how will we spend this precious commodity?
As we have spent the millions before?
Or in light of the message of John Harper... in prayer.
Have you called on the name of Jesus Christ today? What have you got to lose? What have you got to gain? What would compel you to put off this important appointment? What could be given you to make you postpone? And what on the other side of death, would you give to get it back?
A 100 years passes quickly...
John Harper's words have been echoed by many who have crossed your path... some in gentle patience, while others in commanding arrogance! Yet the message has been packaged and presented... signed sealed and delivered if you will, to what avail? Has it made you better or bitter... does it seem time is on your side?
Or are you fading fast, and you are ready to sink this "ship" yourself? Before you do... would you give Jesus Christ one last ring? This time would you wait for Him to answer before you hang up?
IF John Harper were here he would gladly take your place in whatever sea you drown... love like that is hard to find, but you too can own it.
Such is the love of Christ, mirrored by the John Harpers of the world... be they few, they exist... and when you hear their pleas don't delay your response. February 5, 1982
I surrendered to Jesus Christ.... 30 years later my only regret, is not having done it far sooner!
Don't worry what you will say... you know what to say... and your Savior has been waiting for just such a time as this to hear from you.
"He (God) says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2)"Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
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