At around noon on Wednesday April 10, 1912, the largest passenger steamship in
the world departed on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England. After calling at Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland, she departed for New York City with over 2,200 people aboard. The ship offered an onboard swimming pool, gymnasium, barber shop, public rooms, smoking rooms, a Turkish bath, libraries for each passenger class, elevators, a reception room with adjoining dining hall, and a squash court.
beautifully crafted interior was adorned with
elaborate floor to ceiling wood paneling, expensive
furniture, chandeliers, four parlor suites with
private enclosed and spacious promenade decks with
large mock oak beams, and a grand staircase made
entirely of oak and wrought iron set beneath a
spectacular glass dome. In addition, Cafés offered
superb cuisine for passengers including a sunlit
veranda fitted with trellis decor. The interiors of
the ship were spared no expense with ornate
furnishings and materials of the highest quality. The
ship was quite literally “A Floating Palace.”
then on Sunday April 14, 1912 just before midnight,
the unthinkable happened. This magnificent liner,
despite numerous "ice warnings"
from several eastbound ships, maintained the SAME
course and speed until it struck an iceberg and
began to sink in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
12:20 AM the order was given to swing out the
lifeboats, but there was much confusion due to the
noise of steam escaping from the safety valves and the
general reluctance of passengers to enter the boats.
First Officer Murdock, on the starboard side, ordered
that No. 7 lifeboat be lowered to the waterline, but
had the greatest difficulty in getting the boat filled
with passengers. It was a frightening prospect for
them to think of leaving the luxury of the bright and
comfortable ship in the middle of the night to get
into a rowboat and be lowered by ropes 60 feet to the
dark and freezing ocean below, even though this was
their ONLY salvation.
Officer Lightoller was having the same difficulty on
portside. The first boat to be lowered had only 26
passengers in it - 24 women and 2 children. It was in
fact able to carry 65 persons however, most of the
passengers were convinced that they were much safer on
board the Titanic.
later.... it was all gone!*
security in a sinking ship – How tragic!
Yet, many do the same thing today by trusting in this
present world for their security.
this world too...
is a sinking ship!
the words of the Apostle Peter: “The Lord is not
slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness,
but is patient toward us, not willing that any should
perish but that all should come to repentance. But the
day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in
which the heavens will pass away with a great noise,
and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the
earth and the works that are in it will be burned
up” (2 Peter 3:9-10).
world is the sinking ship, but there is a lifeboat;
the body of Christ –
which is the CHURCH! Christ
will save ALL those who enter the lifeboat (Eph 5:23;
will add to the “lifeboat” (the church) those who
place their trust
in Him (Acts 16:30-31), repent
of sin (Acts 17:30-31), confess
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized
(immersed) in His name for the forgiveness of sins
(Acts 2:38). Once
in the lifeboat, one must continue to follow the
orders of the Captain
(1 John 1:7). Then,
He will lead the lifeboat to eternal safety and bliss.
amazing as it might sound, many passengers aboard the Titanic
get into the lifeboats because they simply
did not believe the ship was going to sink
until it was too late, even though they were
told that it was absolutely necessary for them to
board the lifeboats.
will not allow THIS world to continue on its present
course indefinitely, but has appointed an end – a LAST
DAY on which will be a resurrection of the dead
world is truly a sinking ship and the church is quite
the warning! There’s STILL room in the
lifeboat for YOU.
obey the Captain, and get onboard!
A. Sargent / Michael
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
- Adapted from Kimberly B. Southall & http://www.compass.dircon.co.uk/1titanic.htm
Loss of RMS Titanic.
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