Titanic Pride And The Cross

April 14, 2017
by Diane Eaton

Today marks 105 years since the sinking of the Titanic. On April 14th, 1912, this "unsinkable" ship met its fate in the Atlantic Ocean. Then 100 years later, on January 13, 2012, the cruise ship, Costa Concordia, met its fate in the Mediterranean Sea. Lives were lost in both cases. What caused those disasters? I believe that it was a collision between natural elements and human nature — specifically, pride.

Pride will sink our mighty "ships" of human ambition. The two ship disasters are historical markers worth remembering, because they can keep us attuned to the reality of sin and the need for the cross.

Compare those disasters with the shipwreck recorded in Acts 27. Here we see how Christ's salvation working in one of the passengers helped to spare the lives of everyone on that ship. Initially, the captain had no use for advice from this passenger, who was merely a pitiful, chained prisoner named Paul. Paul had warned him of impending disaster if they set sail, but the captain ignored the advice — a typical symptom of pride. Later, he realized that Paul was right after all. By then, it was too late for the ship, but not for the people.

Really, it was Paul's humility that made the difference. Paul might have been in chains, but he was not chained to the power of sin and pride. Paul was free to be exactly who he was called to be, even in that crisis. Paul had put his trust in God's salvation and listened to God's Spirit. Through courageous love, Paul led the passengers and sailors from impending death to safe shores. In contrast, the captain of the Costa Concordia was chained to his pride. He denied the impending doom and offered false assurance to the passengers. He later fled from the sinking ship without rescuing passengers. What a tragedy!

Whether we realize it or not, we're all aboard some form of Titanic, that is, a sinking "ship". This may be an organization, a nation, or our own self-constructed "dream ships". Broadly speaking, we are all aboard a ship that is sinking: The entire human race is doomed through its bondage to sin and the destructiveness of pride.

God sent His Son to die on the cross and destroy sin's deadly power. That's what makes Good Friday so good! "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23 NIV) Through our identity with Christ in His death, sin's grip on us is crucified, freeing us to share the life-giving blessings of salvation — wherever we find ourselves.

Let's consider what Paul said of himself:

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

Is this true for you and me?

Prayer: Dear Lord, today we remember that, through Your suffering and death, You endured the full brunt of human sin. Thank You! Now, help us to see our own need to identify with You in Your death, so that our sinful pride may be crucified. Help us, like You, to endure in humility and merciful love. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good thoughts for this Good Friday, Diane.


    Thank you, Diane, for this timely reminder about the destructiveness of pride. Blessings.


    Thanks for a good and interesting word today Diane.
    Easter blessings.


    Thank you Diane for your wonderful Devotional today. Pride can be so destructive when it is allowed to take over our personality and our Christian vision.
    Every Blessing on your day.


    Thank you, Diane, for the reminder on this Good Friday. It is so easy to let our pride get in the way of our relationship with the Lord. May the Lord bless you and yours this Easter weekend as we all celebrate the death and resurrection of our Heavenly Father.
    (Ca.)


    How wonderful to hear these truths explained and exhorted on this day of remembrance of such horror filled events. Thank you Diane for helping with understanding and with praying for our own lives to be identified with the crucifixion … for our sinful pride to be extinguished by our Lord’s gracious and loving substitution.


    Greetings Diane,
    Thank you for the devotional today. The way things are in our world today with so many tragic things happening, it is like the whole world is a sinking ship. More people in all countries need to daily seek the Lord’s direction for sure.
    Blessings to you at this Easter time,
    (B.C.)


    Hi Diane,
    Today we do remember indeed. We’ll be going to the Long Term Care Centre for the Good Friday Service. We’ll be looking at the story of Simon carrying the cross and that we all have crosses to bear, and that Jesus died on the cross, but also that He arose from the grave, and because of that we serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today, we know that he is living, whatever people say, we see His hand of mercy, we hear His voice of cheer, and just the time we need Him He’s always near.
    Blessings.


    Very good Diane.
    My wife and I visited Belfast and where the Titanic was built.
    In the shipyard there, they had a small museum (this was before they built the larger museum). A few of the original stories were in some of the paperbacks.
    A group of the surviving crew mates were on one lifeboat and as they rowed, they prayed the Our Father. They survived.
    The fact is that the Titanic remains in our collective memory. The story of Father Francis Browne is also an incredible part of the story.
    So the Titanic sunk and yet it keeps rising in our collective memory.
    Interesting, isn’t it? You hit the nail on the head of what sunk the Titanic and maybe the fact that the story of the Titanic won’t go away is God’s way of warning us about human pride.
    God bless and keep on writing,
    (Texas)


    Yah, good one!


    Thank you, Diane – so intertwined and concise, and brought to such a focus in Paul’s words and your thoughtful question.
    Blessings, and Happy Easter!
    (BC)


    Dear Diane,
    Thank you for a truly fine and assuring Good Friday message.

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