Summary: Comparison of two boats in history that each carried their passengers to death or unto life
"Until that first raindrop fell"
This evening I want to talk with you about two boats in history and two men who were each on one of those prospective boats. One of these men is as well known to you as Moses, Peter, John or Paul but the other has gone unheralded in the last 87 years so tonight I want to be as clear and concise as possible with you. From the first moment I sold out to Jesus there has never been a feeling this world has to offer that means more to me than standing on this HOLY GROUND to share God’s word with his people and I haven’t come here to entertain you and then go on my way. I have come here tonight to share the life changing message of Christ Jesus because there will be decisions made for God in this little church tonight. Some of you will choose to accept salvation in the blood of Jesus and others will walk out the door no different than when you came in, condemned already.
1. In 1909 construction was begun on what was to become the largest moveable object ever built by mankind in Belfast North Ireland. This object was designed by Alexander Carlisle and commissioned to be built by Harland and Wolff along with about fifteen thousand other people and would require more than three years to complete. They built a ship that was 883 feet long, 92 feet wide and 175 feet high that had a loaded weight displacement of more than 132 Million pounds and would cost more than 400 Million dollars to duplicate in our economy.
2. Hollywood glamorized the story of the RMS Titanic a few years ago with the personalities of Leonardo diCaprio and William Zane but for all the glitz and glamour they have heaped upon that disaster, they have only managed to create an illusion
On April 14, 1912 at 11:40 PM in the bitter cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean the Titanic struck and iceberg on it’s starboard side and began to take on water. There were only 20 lifeboats available for the passengers and what ensued afterward was a dog eat dog world of only the strong surviving. 1528 people went into the icy cold waters without a lifeboat and the next morning at sunrise, they only pulled out six survivors…
Yet we have watched the portrayal of the illusion Hollywood would have us accept as truth and fallen in love with the filth and iniquity and nudity and the sex scenes between a fair haired young man and woman. I remember full well the words spoken by a children’s Sunday School Teacher to me after seeing that movie almost twelve times in the theater. "I wish I had been there to meet someone like Leonardo diCaprio". My only mission is to challenge you to consider the truth of the gospel as recorded in the written word of God and to share the information available to us for the decision making process of salvation in Jesus Christ…
2 PETER 2:4-5 (PRAYER)
Most people really don’t know how to take me either my friends so if you’re sitting there squirming in your seats wondering where all this is heading, just sit back and enjoy the ride. I promise it won’t hurt for long!
In the book of Genesis chapters SIX AND SEVEN, Almighty God came down and spoke to the only righteous man who found favor in his eyes on the whole earth. God told this man Noah some suprising things about the fate of the earth and all those who called it home…
"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 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 creeping thing and the fowls of the air for it repenteth me that I have made them… but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord… and God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me for the earth is filled with violence through them and behold I will destroy them with the earth."
1. God told Noah that he was going to destroy every living thing because man had become so vile and evil
2. Told Noah in Verse 17 that he was going to bring a flood of waters and that rains were going to come even though it had never rained until that moment on the face of the earth