I’m not really sure what scares me the most, looking at the picture of the sinking Titanic, the fear of dying, or a true story like this that test my faith?
The movie gets me because my mind vacillates between at least four of the characters on this sinking ship. Now let’s be clear, NOBODY CLIMBED ABOARD THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC WITH THE IDEA THAT IT WOULD SINK. It took everybody by surprise and everyone was unprepared.
1st Character- This would include everybody who just JUMPED TO THIER DEATH. This would also include the officer who ended his own life with the gun. I guess their is no need to discuss them, they just GAVE UP AND QUIT. I believe we can safely say, NO FAITH AT ALL. No faith in GOD, themselves, or the chance that someone else would rescue them. Even though we are tempted to quit, we shouldn’t.
You forfeit the chance of a GREAT TESTIMONY. Our God specializes in things IMPOSSIBLE.
2nd Character- The richest man aboard the Titanic who decided that he would save himself above and beyond everybody else. In one scene, he would actually use a little girl to get him a seat on one of the few lifeboats available. He was more interested in a piece of jewelry than the life of others. Life cannot evolve around just you. Grow up!!
3rd Character- Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater. The two that loved each other so much that they would rather die together than one be saved. (No comment)
As I was rummaging through the remnant of this story, I uncovered ONE MORE NOTEWORTHY PASSENGER , and my 4th Character, Captain John Edward Smith.
He was the Captain of the Titanic. The story
is told that just minutes before the ship started its final plunge, Smith was still busy releasing Titanic’s crew from their duties; He then carried out a final tour of the deck, telling crew members: “Now it’s every man for himself.” At 2:10 a.m., Steward Edward Brown saw the captain approach with a megaphone in his hand. He heard him say “Well boys, do your best for the women and children, and look out for yourselves.” He saw the Captain walk onto the bridge alone. This was the last reliable sighting of Smith. A few minutes later Trimmer Samuel Hemming found the bridge apparently empty. Five minutes later, the ship disappeared beneath the ocean. Smith perished that night along with around 1,500 others, and again, his body was never recovered.
A plaque in Capt. E.J. Smith’s honor read, This tablet is dedicated to the memory of Commander Edward John Smith RD, RNR. Born in Hanley, 27th January 1850, died at sea, 15th April 1912. Whilst in command of the White Star SS Titanic, that great ship struck an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean during the night and speedily sank with nearly all who were on board. Captain Smith having done all man could do for the safety of passengers and crew remained at his post on the sinking ship until the end. His last message to the crew was “Be British.”
You already know what I am thinking, “What made Captain Smith go down with the Titanic?
Here is the answer I found: There is no law that a captain must go down with his ship, it is just a saying. The truth behind this is two fold, the first being that the Captain is responsible for the passengers and crew aboard any vessel he commands. As such it is his duty to insure that they are all safely evacuated prior to his leaving the ship.
The second reason that this saying came into being is that the Captain was ultimately considered responsible for his ship and, if it sank through NEGLIGENCE, the Captain would never be given command of another vessel which would ruin his life. It was considered far better for the Captain to die with his ship than survive.
I AM SO GLAD THAT JESUS IS THE CAPTAIN OF MY SHIP!! He does not abandon me in tough times. He leads, guides, and protects me!! JESUS OUR CAPTAIN LOVES US MORE THAN WE LOVE OURSELVES. I have good news from the Captain!!
THE CAPTAIN HAS DECLARED:
Matthew 28:20- Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Hebrews 13:5 – [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written , For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord
I’M CRUISING WITH JESUS!!