27585-4250717  At the time of the sinking of the Titanic, one of the greatest American preachers was in Belfast, Ireland. The Titanic had been built in Belfast and there was a great local pride over the mighty ship. She has been heralded far and wide as “The Unsinkable Ship.” Sixteen members of the Church in Belfast, all skilled mechanics went down with her. The Mayor said that Belfast, had never been in such grief as that which came over this terrible tragedy. When the news was finally verified that the gallant ship was certainly lost, so deep was the grief that it is said strong men met upon the streets grasped each other’s hands, burst into tears and parted with a word, “What a tragedy!”

The celebrated clipper ship Dreadnought once sailed backward for 280 miles – a technical feat unique in maritime history. In 1862 while going from Liverpool in Atlantic, it was struck by a strong gale which killed the carpenter, broke the rudder and disabled the vessel. For three days, the ship wallowed in the trough of the sea. The captain furled all lead sails and all canvas on the foremast, set all square sails and threw back every sail that was set. By steering over the bow, the captain sailed the boat backwards to the nearest harbour.

The visiting American preacher preached the Sunday after the tragedy in the Church to which the sixteen members who had been lost belonged. In the audience, many newly-made widows were sitting and orphans were sobbing on every side. The Church was fully packed with people, on the platform were Lords, Bishops and Ministers of all denominations. The great preacher took as his subject, ‘The Unsinkable Ship.’ But he did not apply that term to the Titanic which on her first voyage had gone out into the Atlantic and crashed into an iceberg, carrying her precious cargo of human lives down to their watery death.

No, the preacher’s message was about that other ‘Unsinkable Ship’ – the frail boat on the Sea of Galilee, unsinkable because the Master of land and sea was asleep on a pillow in the hind part of the vessel. Thank God He still lives and rides the billows and controls the storms (Mark 4:37- 41). When the disciples cried, “Master, carest Thou not that we perish?” Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still.” After a great storm, there was a great calm. When the children of men take their only true Pilot back on board, they will ride out the present storms and He will bring the vessel through to the fair harbor of their hopes. Witnessing His sovereignty over nature, they responded among themselves in fear, “What manner of man is this!” What emotions must have flowed as they pondered if their Master indeed was God Himself!

 

                                                                         He arises: He commands; all is well.

                                                                        “The ship with Jesus is unsinkable”