Saturday, 20 October 2007

More thoughts on Lady Jane

The other thought is that for all the tragedy of it, God knew what he was doing when he made Mary Queen of England, resulting in the deaths of many fearless Protestant leaders (nearly 300). Here were otherwise law-abiding citizens and leaders who were prepared to give their lives rather than acknowledge that the priest's work in supposedly bringing about transubstantiation of bread and wine during mass would in any way assist people to heaven. Behind this lay the firm conviction that in the matter of our salvation from God's wrath, all glory and honour should go to Christ alone—and that his death on the cross was completely sufficient to bring about our forgiveness.

The terrible deaths of those martyrs hastened their passage to heaven and convinced many witnesses that what they believed was not some temporary intellectual fad or heresy, but a truth of ultimate importance.

10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

-Hebrews 10:11-14

1 comment:

Jonathan Hunt said...


History over a period of about two hundred years around this point contains SO many 'WHY Lord?' moments that it can be a bit of a frustration to study!