Did you know this often- used phase is attributed to an evangelical preacher and martyr? John Bradford (1510-1555) made this comment after seeing criminals being led to their execution. “There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford. Soon thereafter, his phrase would become prophetic. For he too would be a victim of Queen Mary an avid Catholic, who hated Protestants and enjoyed with fervor the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus. Immediately after becoming Queen, John and many other prominent Protestants were arrested and imprisoned. Through it all he was stoic and a constant source of comfort to his condemned brethren. After a few years and with only 1 days notice he was informed that he and another prisoner would be burned at the stake the next day. Instead of being sad, he rejoiced and “Thanked God for it!” It was reported that as the wood was piled next to them, John uttered his last comforting words “We shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night.”

 

- Ron Sciulli

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