Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15 : 13
Good morning, friends. Please read the below fully, though it’ll take more time. It has much in it. I got this as a forwarded email. It’s too good. I was not able to shorten it further, as I feel it may lose the essence.
John Harper was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life. He got married, God did bless John Harper with a beautiful little girl named Nana. It was the night of April 14, 1912. At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, an iceberg scraped the Titanic ship's starboard side, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments. The sea poured in. On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana. According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday.
As the rear of the huge ship began to lurch upwards, it was reported that Harper was seen making his way up the deck yelling "Women, children and unsaved into the lifeboats!" It was only minutes later that the Titanic began to rumble deep within.
John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal. Mr. Harper swam up to one young Man who had climbed up on a piece of debris. Rev. Harper asked him between breaths, "Are you saved?" The young man replied that he was not. Harper then tried to lead him to Christ only to have the young man who was near shock, reply no. John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said "Here then, you need this more than I do..." and swam away to other people. A few minutes later Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation.
Four years later, at a survivors meeting, this young man stood up and in tears recounted how that after John Harper had led him to Christ. Mr. Harper had tried to swim back to help other people, yet because of the intense cold, had grown too weak to swim. His last words before going under in the frigid waters were "Believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved." Does Hollywood remember this man? No.
This servant of God did what he had to do. While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved. Above all, see his thirst towards winning the souls at the cost of his life!
John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!
This is what exactly Jesus did. John Harper reflected the same without fail. What are we doing today? Winning the souls or destroying the chances that the Lord gives us? Come on, be a warrior. Strive hard to win souls everyday.