many years ago when a great ship, the "Titanic," was making its
first voyage from England
On board was John Harper, who was coming to America to be the
head of the Moody
The "Titanic" had been heralded as an unsinkable ship. But when it
it struck an iceberg, and sank, with the loss of a great many of its
passengers, among then John Harper.
after this happened a young Scotsman rose in a meeting in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and gave
this testimony. "I was on the "Titanic,'" said he, "When
she sank. Drifting alone on a spar in the icy Water on that awful night, a
wave brought John Harper of Glasgow
near me. 'Man, are you saved?' he shouted. 'No, I am not,' was my reply. He
answered, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved.' The
waves bore him away; but, strange to say, a little later he was washed back
alongside me. 'Are you saved now?' he asked. 'No,' I replied, 'I cannot
honestly say that I am.' Once more he repeated the verse, 'Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' Then losing his hold he sank.
And there, alone in the night, and with two miles of water under me, I
believed. I am John Harper's last convert."
John Harper was shut off by waves with no rescue from entering his great
opportunity of winning souls, and Paul was in bonds at the last of his life, yet
because of the great passion for souls that motivated both of them they still
won souls to the very last.
From: CHOICE ILLUSTRATIONS By Earl C. Wolf, Selected
From The Compilations Of W. W. Clay, Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, Mo.
First Printing, 1965