On the night of April 14 to the morning of the 15th 1912, the RMS Titanic sank off the North Atlantic Ocean. This was her maiden voyage. She had only been at sea for four days.
The RMS Titanic was supposed to be indestructible. She was the pride and joy of maritime engineering to date, but she instead became one of the worst maritime catastrophes ever recorded, outside of war.
The sinking claimed the lives of about 1500 crew and passengers. Hundreds were left floating in the frigid water, struggling to reach the lifeboats. There were not enough lifeboats.
Hypothermia took the lives of most of the drifters unable to make it to the lifeboats in the -2 degrees Celsius water.
Thousands of years prior to the disaster of the RMS Titanic, many more were drowned in the Great Flood that came in the days of Noah. Those were terrible days of sin and revelry.
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Gen 6:5).”
God, who is ‘of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity (Hab 1:13)’, decided to mete out justice to sinful men and women.
“And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them (Gen 6:6-7).”
God was going to send a universal flood to cleanse the evil from the world. But there was a man who caught God’s all-seeing eyes—Noah. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD (Gen 6:8).”
Noah was given instructions on what to do to save his and his family’s lives from the coming cataclysm.
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch…And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female (Gen 6:14, 19).”
The Holy Spirit bears witness to the God-fearing character of the man, Noah. “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he (Gen 6:22).”
Finally the day came when ‘the windows of heaven were opened’ and the judgement of God poured from the sky. ‘…all the fountains of the great deep broken up’ and the earth was covered in the deluge.
“And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark (Gen 7:21-23).”
This is the greatest disaster in history, yet there is another approaching which will make the Great Flood pale in comparison.
“…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power (2Th 1:7-9).”
Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2Pe 2:5). If only the people had listened to him! How many would have been saved! Yet they rejected the message of God Noah preached; they spurned the chance of salvation.
When the flood came, how many regretted and lamented their ill decision? How many begged Noah to open the door of the ark, which God had shut? It was too late. There was no more salvation to be had on the day the door was shut and the water level rose.
For us today there is still the chance of salvation. Jesus Christ is the ark which we must enter if we are to be saved from a worse tragedy than the one that struck during the flood.
“…when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1Pe 3:20-21).”
We are baptised into Christ (Rom 6:3). Just as Noah, his family and the animals entered the ark and was saved from the flood, all who thus entered into Christ will be saved from the judgement of God and His wrath.
All who were left outside the ark perished; all who entered the ark were saved. Have you entered Christ the Ark? Have you obeyed His gospel and been added into His body, the church?
Why delay? The people of Noah’s days delayed and paid the ultimate price for refusing to repent and taking the way of escape provided by God. Why would you be counted among the foolish?