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A Word With You - Jan. 22, 2013


A Light In Titanic's Dark Night

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There's just something about the Titanic. Yes, the ship sank, but it seems like our fascination with it is unsinkable. And that includes me. There are so many stories; so many life lessons. But in the many moving stories of that horrible, haunting night, there's one that just blows me away. One passenger - John Harper: A man whose life and choices during those three fateful hours still give me goose bumps.

John Harper was a Scottish pastor, a widower with a six-year-old daughter, a man who'd been invited to preach at Chicago's prestigious Moody Memorial Church. It was April 1912. And it just so happened that a ship - the new world wonder, named Titanic, was sailing for America. John Harper booked passage for himself, along with his daughter Nina and her aunt.

Later, passengers would report that John was seen often, talking about Jesus with fellow passengers. He would gently inquire, "Are you saved?" He cared deeply about whether folks had ever asked Jesus, God's Rescuer from heaven, to save them from the penalty for their sin. None of those passengers had any idea how close they were to eternity. Well, John watched the glorious sunset on the evening of April 14 and commented, "It will be beautiful in the morning." By morning some 1,500 Titanic passengers would be in eternity.

John did what all rescuers do. He abandoned himself to save others. How many times has thinking about myself kept me from speaking to someone about Jesus? I cry out with the Apostle Paul, "Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should" (Ephesians 6:20).

You know, in a sense, we're all passengers on a ship that's going down. And those of us who've been saved by Jesus know how the people around us can be saved, too. And if we tell them, as John Harper said. For them, "it will be beautiful in the morning."

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Originally published January 22, 2013.