The Man Who Died Preaching The Gospel On The Titanic
Mar 21, 2017 by Will Maule
Everyone knows the fateful story of the Titanic. It was 14th April 1912 when it struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage, and sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. 1,500 lives were lost, but one man spent his final moments urging passengers to come to Christ. His name was John Harper, according to Evangelical Focus.
“During those final fifty minutes, George Henry Cavell, who was clinging to a board drifted near John Harper. Harper, who was struggling in the water, cried, “Are you saved?” The answer returned, “No.” Harper shouted words from the Bible: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Before responding, the man drifted into the darkness," writes Moody Adams book 'The Titanic's Last Hero.'
Later, the current brought them back in sight of each other. Once more the dying Harper shouted the question, “Are you saved?” Once again he received the answer, “No.” Harper repeated the words of Acts 16:31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
Harper succumbed to the elements and drowned. But the man he sought to win put his faith in Jesus Christ. Later he was rescued by the S.S. Carpathia’s lifeboats. In Hamilton, Ontario, George Henry Cavell testified that he was John Harper’s last convert.”
John left behind his six year old daughter Anna Jessie (her mother had died only four years earlier). Yet, when she grew up, she got married to a minister and served the God of her father the rest of her days. Haper's rich legacy of faith lives on! What an amazing story!