A hero from the Titanic

John Harper was an English preacher who drowned when the Titanic sank. He shared the Gospel until the very end. Unfortunately, his amazing story was left out of the movie. Some excerpts:

Ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life.

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!”

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.

Of the 1528 people that went into the water that night, six were rescued by the lifeboats. One of them was this young man on the debris. 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.”

4 thoughts on “A hero from the Titanic”

  1. After sharing this with my wife, I cried. I long for faith and courage like this… for Jesus to see me after it is all done and say, “well done my faithful servant!”


  2. John Harper, is a true representative of Jesus of Nazareth and God’s love for the dying world.
    He sacrificed his very life for that of those who were in danger of eternal condermnation.
    As i read this pathetic story, it broke my heart, but at the same time reawakening compassion to witness Christ and His love to those who are yet to recieve Him.
    May his soul find rest in Heaven.


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