And I have to admit that were it not for several things that have happened recently, I would likely not be writing now.
But, in the last week, several people have asked why I stopped writing, and I received one sweet comment from a reader who had read “HE IS RISEN, JESUS IS RISEN INDEED!” which was added on April 8, 2012, Easter Sunday.
More importantly, however, is the fact that I believe that the LORD is directing me to utilize my time differently and that includes adding something to this “Web Log” (read post from Jan. 16, 2012 that explains that choice of words).
My hope is that what I have to share will be a blessing to all who come to this place.
For those who do not know me, you can’t know that for the last 4 years my husband has been in the thick of a battle with colon cancer. It has been a test of our faith. We haven’t always passed the test. We have had more than a few moments of unbelief and fear. But faithful is He. And no matter what was happening, we found strength in His Word.
Our Cause Is Christ’s Gospel
In 1533 the Reformation was sweeping through Europe. Imprisoned in the Tower of London and sentenced to die as a heretic was John Frith, an English Protestant priest, an outspoken voice against persecution and a soon to be martyr.
Frith’s close friend was William Tyndale, who had written twice to Frith to encourage him.
Sensing that his friend was wavering in his faith, Tyndale wrote,
“If your pain proves to be above your strength, pray to your Father in that Name, and He will ease it.”
Tyndale also wrote, “Your cause is Christ’s gospel, a light that must be fed with the blood of faith. The lamp must be dressed and snuffed daily, and that oil poured in every evening and morning, that the light go not out. Though we be sinners, yet is the cause right. If when we be buffeted for well doing, we suffer patiently and endure, that is acceptable to God; for
to that end we are called. For Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that we should follow His steps…. For we suffer with Him, that we may also be
glorified with Him; who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like
unto His glorious body; according to the working whereby He is able even to subject
all things unto Him.”
Tyndale, who was the first to translate the English Bible directly from Hebrew and Greek texts and the first to take advantage of the printing press (invented in 1450 by Johannes Gutenberg). His translation was also the first of the new English Bibles of the Reformation, challenging the political control of both the Roman Catholic Church and English law that had maintained church rules.
John Frith was offered a pardon if he would recant his views and his faith. He refused.
He was burned at the stake on July 4, 1533. He was 30 years old.
Frith’s works were posthumously published in 1573 by John Foxe, an English historian and martyrologist, the author “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.”
Tyndale’s translation made it possible for common folk to read the Bible for themselves. And for that “heresy” he was executed in 1536. He was first strangled then his dead body was burned at the stake.