John Harper (May 29, 1872 – April 15, 1912) was a Baptist pastor from Great Britain who died in the Titanic disaster on the North Atlantic.
Harper was born in the village of Houston, Scotland, in 1872. When he was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life. He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old age of 17 years old by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God. After five or six years of toiling on street corners preaching the gospel and working in the mill during the day, In 1897, he became the first pastor of Paisley Road Baptist Church in Glasgow, Scotland.
Harper was a widower, Wife died in childbirth (daughter Nina).
Why he is called as the Real HERO of TITANIC?
At the time of the Titanic disaster, He was traveling with his daughter. It was the night of April 14, 1912. At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, an iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments. The sea poured in.
As soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday(HEAVEN).The flares going off in the dark sky above reflected the tears on his face as he turned and headed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner.
It was only minutes later that the Titanic began to rumble deep within. That night 1528 people went into the frigid waters. John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus before their death. Mr. Harper swam up to one young man who had climbed up on a piece of Wood(debris). Rev. Harper asked him between breaths,
“Are you saved(Have you accepted Christ as your own saviour)?”
The young man replied that he was not.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.” Does Hollywood remember this man? No. Oh well, no matter. 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.