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Swaying the Future

Adam Ramdin


Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA



  • October 28, 2017
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Father in Heaven Lord we pause to thank you for your goodness we thank you Lord for the Sabbath day and that we can just worship together in freedom in peace in safety and comfort let us Lord as we meditate upon spiritual themes we pray Lord that you would illuminate our minds that you would speak through me and speak through your word we pray in Christ's name Amen in the Seventh Day Adventists hymnal one of my favorite hymns if not my favorite him not so much necessarily for the choose but for the words you know sometime this and him where the words just speak to you and they just profound and the song that I like the most I would say is him Number six zero six we sung it this morning I believe during the song service before the before the messages morning at ten o'clock and I love the words of that song very very profound is one of those all to him it was actually written in eighteen twelve. Part of the eighteen twelve war I believe that America and Britain and the words go like this once to every man and nation comes the moment to discern in the strife of truth with false or for the good or evil sign some great cause some great decision offering each the broom or blight and the choice goes by forever twixt the darkness and the light very deep and meaningful words the second verse reads then to side with truth is no ball when we share her rich crust. If her cause bring fame and profit and to suppress for us to be just then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside till the multitude make virtue of the faith they hand deny and then going on it says in verse three by the light of burning martyrs Christ I feel sorry Christ by bleeding feet we track toiling up new cowries ever with the cross that turns not back new work Asians teach new duties time makes ancient good uncouth they must upward still and onward who would keep abreast of truth and the fourth verse is my favorite. As I believe often is you know in him that kind of culminates in the fourth verse or the final verse and the fourth verse reads those are the cause of evil prosper. Yet his truth alone is strong does that not ring to our day to day. Though her portion whose portion the portion of truth though the portion of truth is the scaffold and as a songwriter is right in that imagery of the scaffold What's the meaning we see in the scaffold not the scaffolding we put on the building that we're building new buildings today that scaffold the imagery that word he's using there in that context the scaffold there would be the scaffold that people would be hung on or the order of the operators that people would be executed on in the past. Though her portion be the scaffold and upon the throne be wrong yet that scaffold he says sways the what. I love that imagery he writes there he's saying that scaffold or where the burning monsters where they lived or where they died that scaffold sways the future like we live today and the freedoms we have is because those who died or gave their life on the scaffold of the past yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unknown standeth God with in the shadows keeping watch over his own you know sometimes we feel like we're going through that valley of that shadow of death or we feel like we're going through that scaffold experience we feel like we go to this experience and we cannot see where God is the song says yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the D.M. are no stands God within the shadows there are times in our life where God is standing there very vividly very present almost like he's face to face with us and yet there's other times when God is standing in the shadows. In the shadows. And as are those times when he's standing in the shadows where we need to be encouraged to remember the times when he stood face to face. Both times he is there close but it's not always that we can see him and want to see it we think back to the lives of many of these reformers there were times in their lives when they knew they were working on a divine mission God was there with them and there were other times when it would have felt like they were standing and where it's got. Where it's got. He's in the shadows but he's still keeping watch over his own. But the story of the reform is not all a rose petal story where they set about to be heroes. We remember them today as heroes they get a chapter named after them in books we remember them well but I'm sure when they were actually living their life they did not feel that they were so heroic a mission this morning or you may have watched a video of the Mayflower when those people were coming across on the Mayflower they were thinking we're chatting freedom we're chatting liberty which charting justice we're going to lay the foundation to a great and written on and it's be like that it is real Horowitz at the time what they were doing they were just sailing on a ship and had barely enough food to eat and who knows what else it didn't feel heroic at the time. But history remembers differently because the legacy of their life was one that wanted to be remembered and is told over and over again I said this course and the other night if I have seen further the earth is by standing on the shoulders of giants It's well for us in a sense to stand on the shoulders of giants to glance back that we can glance forward eyes that Newton said these words that there is reportedly one of the trees that he saw the apple drop from However there are apparently five trees in England or claiming to be the tree of Isaac Newton So we're not really sure which tree it was however this tree gets at least twenty percent of the credit Isaac Newton but it's not him I want to talk about I want to take your minds back to a village called North the new believe it's not on the usual Reformation trail if you go on a reformation tour of Europe most people in the Reformation sort of you don't actually make it to England which I think is a crying shame. Amen. We have some of the best performers but they just stay in continental Europe because it's easier to take one bus and go home however if you do go to Europe make your way to England because there's some great reformers there John Wycliffe and there's another one who gets even less press a mention in this morning and it goes to his village here of North of me that's the little village there the village churches around there and on the Hill if you're familiar with in this jog or three this is what they called the Bristol Channel that strip the water there beyond that strip is Wales and there's a huge monument here is thirty three meters tall it stands there overlooks the motorway if you're driving down south on the M five the a motorway and there this monument stands the reason why it's a rector was because of who was born in the village and the man who was born in the village around about the year forty I think it's forty nine hundred four the man's name was William Tyndale. William Tyndale Now William Tyndale will grow up and he will go and attend this university here this is the city of Oxford. Premier University of the day I believe at the time of William Tyndale at a just over taken Paris as being the most premier university of learning in Europe and William Tyndale goes there to study at the University of Oxford he also spent some time at the University of Cambridge we're not quite exactly sure the dates he was at each one but he spent time at both and it was while he was there studying that he ran into this man his name is Erasmus Erasmus his idea was part of it was that we needed to study the texts in their original language in order to get the full meaning so in order to understand the Bible properly we've got to go back and study the Bible not in the last see in the study the Bible in the Greek and in the Hebrew to get the full and real meaning of what the Bible has to say however at the time the problem was of course you know where Oxford commission said that the translation. The Bible was illegal you weren't allowed to translate the Bible into the language of the people seem strange it was OK to be in LAX in. But it wasn't OK to be in the English French or the German or whatever in England it would be just the English. And Williamson doubting that in sit well with him. It in sit well with him he wasn't content to just be a scholar and able to read it for himself he believed that everyone had the right to read the Bible everyone has the right to have it in the language that all men are created equal and therefore we should have equal access to God's word and he was sitting at a home one day with some people and disgusting and his views on this came up and the person he was talking with one of them said one of them said we were better to be without God's laws than the pope's we're better without the lure of God than we are without the pope's to which William Tyndale responded some of his famous words I defied the pope and all his laws and if God spares my life here many years I will see that the boy who drives the plow shall know more of God's word than you do that image of the boy driving the plow the boy driving the plow would have been an illiterate boy he would have been a unlearned boy he would have been a boy who hasn't been to school he would have boy who has not had an education so that image of the boy driving the plow. The farm hands the AN EDUCATED the pauper I will see that that boy knows more of the Scriptures than you. You know sometimes I feel like today it's almost like we're trying to reverse time and go back to the time of that when you're going to be to learn it learned learned learned learn and learn is Scala to understand the Bible Psalm one hundred nineteen one hundred thirty says the entrance of my words gives light it gives understanding to the simple why we should be able to read and understand God's word for ourself Amen and yes there is an importance of in a sense education and knowing things in detail but that should never take its understanding away from the common man as a tender set about to translate the Bible into the language of the people and as he translated the Bible it's almost like he had this in mind the boy who drives the plow we read the King James Bible which is largely as I mention this morning lifted from Tindall's Bible when you read the Bible that he translated he wrote it in such a way that he was trying to make it easy for the boy who drives the plow to read God's word. I read an article where it said this arena good Tyndale deliberately set to write the Bible which would be accessible to everyone to make this completely clear he used what monosyllables frequently and as such dynamic way that they became a part of the English language for example the Word was WITH God and the Word was God monosyllables. He was able to kind of take these complex thoughts and put them in such a way monosyllable politically. That everyone could read and understand them. In Him was life and the life was the light of men Nenni of his idioms that he use on one of syllabic as well and the effect of his framing of the English language is profound for us today. Like more of what you and I say to each other is influenced by this man that we actually really know what oftentimes when we're pulling for that catch phrase in the English language we're actually pulling a William Tyndale catch phrase like if Williamson that was alive today he would have been huge on Twitter. Like and he could just capture it straight away like so simply. You know there was a news event in England you probably saw on the news it was terribly sad two thousand and thirteen there was a war which terror incident in London. And there was a crazed man walking down the street and he saw a soldier he saw this one he wasn't dressed that way he saw the soldier pulled out on Mr a meat cleaver. And. You know killed it. And it wasn't pretty while he was doing it though the irony of this Muslim terrorist killing a soldier because the British army was in Afghanistan and one of these killing him he was shouting out and I for an eye tooth group too. While he's killing a Christian. As an Islam as a Muslim he's quoting William Tyndale as translation of the Bible an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth probably never knew it here's a few of the other phrases the Tyndale translated knock and it shall be what open and to you a moment in time I mean that's kind of like we don't even think that's a biblical turn of the Sara Lee content into. Fashion not yourselves to the world seek and ye shall find. Ask and it shall be given unto you and what about this one judge not that you be not judged like the favorite Christian phrase of the current day that comes from Tyndale. The Word of God which lives on last forever how about this one the powers that be we use our own all the time are white white white in the happen are we trying to get across to the church board a white man you know the powers that be. It's just part of our language is part is an expression that we use all the time the salt of the Earth a lot of himself it came to pass William Tyndale was a literary genius. A literary genius under appreciated and largely forgotten filthy lucre was another one the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak live move and have our being licked the dust under the sun signs of the times let there be light he fell flat on his face the land of the living. I mean these are like just common we single ish pour out one's heart the flesh pots are the Egypt. Go the extra mile the parting of ways how about this one has it been used repeatedly Let My People Go. Like he had a way of phrasing the language has even been used by movements and and so on since Let My People Go and an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth today there exist three copies of Kindles Bible or maybe two or three get Exactly. And one of them sits in the British Museum which is building here you go to the British Museum today and because Britain such a great country to go to is free for you to enter someone's I am and you go there and they've got a room on the left I think it's called the John the John written room is that it's the. Antique room or antiquities room and there are all types of things that we've got original Beethoven music they've got a original Beatles lyrics as well if that's your thing they have got Alexander Fleming's diagram of penicillin when the first diagram he ever made of penicillin it's in there but the thing that we you know kind of I go there are the people who made the not so much interested in Beethoven or the Beatles is for the Bibles they've got two of the. The Alexandria and this and that and the Sinai Vaticanus I think those are the names and then they've got William Tyndale Bible. In one nine hundred ninety two they paid one million pounds for it. In ninety two who knows what it would cost today to buy that one Bible I don't think they would sell it but it would take us the who knows where at least ten times more than that to even persuade him to think of selling a book such is the value it had on the language that you and I speak today in England and in America. It was said a complete analysis of the authorised That's the King James Bible known down generations as the A.V. or the King James was made in one nine hundred ninety eight it shows that ten thousand would account for eighty four percent of the New Testament and seventy five point eight percent of the Old Testament books that he translated. He is the mainly unrecognized translator of the most influential book of the world although the Authorized King James Bible is ostensibly the product of a learned committee of churchmen it is most mostly crypt from Tyndale with some reworking of the translation one man William Tyndale left a legacy that he didn't imagine joining his life he wanted to just translate the Bible today he's on it he's got a statue in London. And for most English people that's all they may see of him the statue in London it sits outside the Ministry of Defense or equivalent of the Pentagon and there it looks almost like he's there standing looking over the River Thames and it's as he looks in a sense I don't think the people that made the statue were thinking this symbolically when they made it but as he looks over the River Thames that was the River Thames where his Bibles would be smuggled into England from Europe they were unable to get printed in Europe they were I mean in England they were printed rather in Europe and then from there will be smuggled into England and then slowly sent around in those days it wasn't just illegal to translate the Bible Tyndale became such an outlaw it was illegal you could be burned or killed to just one knowing William Tyndale if someone said is William Tyndale your friend you'd be like yeah OK we'll burn him to like you were killed just for him being your friend let alone reading what he translated it and so it was tough or terrible times to be a Christian or to even know this person William Tyndale you know one of the ironies of history is part of the reason why King James King Henry didn't like him. Is because he refused to sanction the king's divorce from. I forget which wife it was because he had so many. He refused to sanction the divorce he says no you have no divine right to divorce with a king obviously what are the approval of one of the leading scholars of the day. Doesn't know I will not approve this divorce. That's part of the reason I mean it's not the whole reason there's other factors obviously the translation was illegal but that kind of plays a little bit of the personal side in which you know one of the ironies of history is this if you Thomas Cranmer you've heard of Thomas Crown. Like we you know we hold him up as been a reformer he was martyred in Oxford yet Thomas Cranmer was the Archbishop of Canterbury and was made the Archbishop of Canterbury because he did approve of the king's divorce two sides. Let God be the judge a man but William Tyndale said no I will not approve of the king's divorce that played into the fact that he had to be excommunicated isolated from England the country of his birth. For fifteen twenty five he lived as a fugitive went over to Holland Belgium Germany and finally settled in but it was almost like a modern day James Bond in the good sense. Like if they didn't spot literally a network of spies across Europe to find this man. And he would have eight spies a virus there. I mean he was kind of leading this kind of. We will look back and say it's an exciting like it didn't feel exciting to him it didn't feel glorious It didn't feel joyous born in the country can't go back to his own country and finally a man caught Henry Phillips befriended him in Belgium. William Tyndale maybe was a bit naive maybe he just wanted friends I don't know but the man who we befriended Henry Phillips was another spy and after befriending him not straying away he would let it go for about three four five weeks the one day as Henry and William were leaving the house to go around town somewhere about their business Williams thinking this was a man who we could trust in the cause of translating the Bible as they walked out the house Henry was in front of him William was behind Henry made a knot to his left in his right and there was two men standing there who took him captive they took him captive from where I was and were and he went over to Belgium what I mean and he went over to Billboard while he was a captive. Is an interesting fact of history the Bishop of London actually was the Bishop of Durham I forget exactly one of the bought six thousand copies of Tyndale his Bible complete supply but he bought them a full price. And then he burned them publicly burned all these books six thousand copies. But the money he paid for the Bibles enabled the publishers to then publish more and better quality of Bibles so yeah he got rid of six thousand but he actually paid for the next backed. Straight away you know there's a kind of a funny side of history too so bad was it to know William Tyndale Richard Byfield was a monk who was accused of reading William Tyndale he was burned to death he's written about in Fox's Book of Martyrs and Thomas Moore who was the man in England who was really after William Tyndale when this man was burned Richard by feel like I don't know what these people were thinking he was burning acid on the ground and he went there he would stand on his ashes to just like add drama and emphasis that this was a bad man. John Firth was a friend of William Tyndale he was burned openly and slowly and history says he was burned so slow it was almost like he was roasted like these men. What was it they were living for it was it wasn't necessarily a doctrine it was for the right of man to have the Bible you and I have the Bible today some of us don't even bring Bibles to church because we just have it on our phone it's just an app we have a collection of bibles at home. And yet people lived and died what we have today that's so easy so excessive all and so just yeah I've got it listen to it fall asleep so it lose my Bible buy a new Bible. Like this was life and death. William Tyndale unfortunately died a lonely death as I mentioned earlier this morning he died in Belgium and while he was a prisoner there was someone who was trying to bring reconciliation between him and the king. And he wanted to go back to England he is only forty two years old he died young relatively you would want to go back to your country if you were just relatively young His parents were like I'm not sure exactly maybe they were still alive if they were only probably brothers and sisters cousins. Friends you know in a foreign country foreign language and then you are can go back home eat your favorite food in you know go see your friends we said I refused to go back to England unless the King authorizes the Authorize of the translation of the Bible I'll stay. Later on the King did authorize a translation the Bible but unfortunately it was after his death. Notice here on his My first translator the New Testament into English from the Greek born sorry fourteen eighty four died a martyr and will war Benjamin fifteen thirty six by what is a lamp to my feet the last words the last word here the last words of Williams in the world Lord open the eyes of the King of England. He was all good to be strangled before burn because they believe that was a little bit more humane for some reason so they came and strangled him. Only they didn't strangle him properly. Like he kind of may have passed out or whatever but he wasn't dead and when they let the flames he woke up and then died they say a silent and slow death his last words were a lot open the eyes of the King of England King Henry King Henry the Eighth within a year of his death they say that a Bible was ordered to be printed and put into every parish church in England. He died lonely Belgium. What's the point of my life. Within a year of his death Bibles all over England yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the what. The dim unknown stand is God with in the shadow yes keeping watch over his own. At that point in William Tyndale his life as it seemed our most point that's where he died as a seem most points in his life God was in the shadows God was in the shadows. And it may be in your life today God may be steel like he is in the shadows Maybe in your education experience or your work experience or maybe in your family circumstance and situation maybe in your marriage relation it may appear or feel like God is in the shadows. But I want to encourage you and let you know that God is definitely still that even though he is. Out of eyesight and in the shadows you know sometimes they want to have you know why do these things happen. Why did things like this happen to a relatively what we would say in his human sense good people. And you know the whole thing what a good things happen to bad people we have to remember that these things don't come from God and him and these things don't come from God in Matthew thirteen verse twenty eight it's that parable where Jesus in a sense is trying to give us just as snippet to understand the complexities of life and then this parable which doesn't explain everything in totality he said you know. An enemy when you look at that in the field. He said An enemy has done this a service said Will you then that we go and gather them up but he left those words it just kind of give us a snapshot into why some time these things happen as they do in their lives and in our life. The blame doesn't lie at the feet of Jesus it says An enemy has what done this if these inceptive sick says this for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rules of the darkness of this world against spiritual wickedness where in high places where Paul on the battlefield so to speak a controversy between good and evil and living forgot trying to do what's right doesn't always give us accolades and applause. We're living in a society today where people don't know how to take criticism where people don't know how to take feedback that's not positive we live in a world where it was all about affirmation and affirmation and affirmation. These reformers had to live in a time when they want A and constant affirmation they have to know for sure why they were doing what they were doing. And in our lives today and your purpose your mission your ministry you need to know why you're doing what you're doing otherwise you get dislodged by what people say. If you work with a church you know always get applause. If you're volunteering in church in some capacity as elder or Leader or deacon or whatever you'd always get pats on the back you don't always get tax at the front of people appreciate your years of service no no no you have to know why you do what you do to stay on track and to stay on purpose. I want to take you to the south of France. And the end of August we finished up our summer program of summer camps and we still had three more episodes of Linnaeus to film before the filming for the year was done it was kind of an exhaustive schedule for instilling in around. Everything else that was going on. And so we flew down to the south of France on easy Jet. If you've been to Europe and you know Easy Jet is it's kind of like flying on a Greyhound. Kind of about the same. Flight down there to the south of France easy Jet there was a crew of us to get down there and you know sometimes things don't always go your way we land there in the south of France so one suitcase which is two people's luggage in doesn't arrive but we're only down there for a day and a half and wholly fly home there's no time for the luggage actually to come because the next flight and the L I came in in two days' time. So this guys were in the same course the next three days. The problem was the tripod was in the suitcase. You can film three days with no tripod anyway a lot of work that I will be going to try but from the conference office across town at the top of the hour we drove first of all to the warden's in valleys and then to this place in the south of France and why do we go we why do we like wake up at three in the morning in the film from four in the morning till three and then we drove for five hours we get house just before sunset driving like crazy people across Europe. The reason we went there and in a sense lost our sleep which we're thinking we're sacrificing but in the grand scheme of things on us like a feisty little. We went there because of the story that inspired us of the lady who was. The lady here this house this is in case you guys don't know he's the brains behind it all the lady her name was Marie do wrong she's not really that well known as a reformer. She's not really famous per say her brother was called Pierre sorry a cut of Pierre do wrong and we went there because she does something quite remarkable. They held worship services in her home when worship services were illegal and they were called the assemblies of the deserts in French. The Assemblies of the desert her parents were both caught for hosting and going to be the assemblies in the desert. They were caught sent to prison and died in prison. She still had a brother though yet Pierre was preaching or some of these underground church services Pierre was Look sent to prison caught sent to prison and sentenced to death she is now eighteen years old left on her own she marries a man called Matthew. Marries him at the age of nineteen. Three months after her wedding three months after her wedding he is captured sent to prison and spends twenty years in prison and about two months after that Marie Durand at the age of nineteen was captured and sent to prison as well. The song said yet the scaffold what. Sways the future. And behind the dam unknown stands God within the shadow watching over his own but I bet you didn't read the wrong as a parasite captor sent to prison die as a brother's captor sent to prison sentence to death as a husband of three months is captured sent to prison she really didn't feel too close or God was right there. In times like that you got to know why you do what you do or the circumstances of life will dislodge you. It's at times like this in the time of peace and prosperity. When we sit solidify ourselves into what we believe in who we are and was when Daniel was in Jerusalem that he purpose in his heart when he got to Babylon was when he just executed what was already inside his heart. The word purpose mean he determined he decided before he gets to Babylon he knows what he's going to do. You think get there or say well harder now let's have a discussion and see what works no no no he already had decided and knew where he would stand it wasn't a debate it wasn't a question. The decision had been made God has blessed us now as a church with opportunities to come to church like this or to go to use conferences or to go to places where we can grow and solidify our understanding of God's word and shape our identity now that when we have to make a stand in an environment not so you know cozy that our identity is show. Marie Durand was taken to this building here the infamous tall do Konstanz not this one this one. This building here is constituted of two rooms is a floor here where you see the window there and you see the window there. Are three is the ground floor first floor second floor. She was taken there and locked in this room. At the age of nineteen the room had no windows. The only light that would come in was to receive. That one meter diameter circular hole in the ceiling. The food came up to a hole in the floor. And there she is food coming up through a hole in the floor most likely it was just loaves of bread thrown up there. Probably not much else. Who comes up to the whole effort to the ceiling but also to the ceiling would come the snow would come the rain. In the summer humid in the winter freezing cold. Why because our brother was a pastor. Today this is the room here look quite And you know looks quite quite nice you would even say the lighting effect and the way the photographer took the picture are it's quite a pretty building to take a picture of. Marie Duran was in this room though it was in this room for not one year not two years not three years not ten years not one decade not two decades not three decades she was in this room in the room. Where they would do everything in the room was in this room for thirty eight years. Thirty eight locked up it was a women's prison locked up there were the women. And there they believe she is the one that with a stone scratched around the lid the rest you slid the words in old French register a. Which in modern French would be resisting which in English would be resist. But all she had to do to get released was to say to worse. I recant I mean surely that thought crossed her mind after she's been in prison for twenty two yes like thirty thirty years in prison three decades. Some of us aren't even that all. Three decades you think. Is this worth it and where is God at this moment he's standing in the shadows keeping watch over his own the problem is at times like that the Shadows are very dark and the shadows are very long. Resisting finally after being in prison for thirty eight years she came in at nineteen she hasn't just serve another nineteen years she served double her life or in prison thirty eight years. After being in prison for thirty eight years and she was the leader in prison like she was want to seen as one of the leaders amongst the women there she would write constant letters to the to the officials in the town trying to get better conditions for the ladies maybe blankets maybe buyable. She would write constant letters and she was seen as the leader there in the prison and they believe because of the role that she played amongst the other ladies that she is the one that wrote those words on the lid resisting resisting resist. And I was standing there in the prison I was wondering would my resolve. Would my conviction what my beliefs what they are asked almost four decades in a cold dark stone room. Is one thing to be burned quickly at the stake. It's another thing to just be in prison for decade after decade after decade people have forgotten about you you have got no family outside no what's right and let us do you know what's visiting you I believe their stories their lives for whatever reason God allowed it to happen to them he waited up in the balance and knew that she could handle it. And maybe after weighing it up in the balance he knew that when the story of her would be told in centuries later it would encourage people like you and I. That maybe when we find ourself in a similar situation it's who would motivate us it was really difficult for Satan to stamp out the church you're familiar with that quotation Morris says the blood of Christians is what the sea of the gospel. The blood of Christians is the seed of the Gospel here it says Do you not see that the Christian throats of the wild beast that they may recount of the law do not allow themselves to be beaten do not do you not see that the more they are punished the more in what the more in numbers they increase. The testimony of them dying was such that people would give their lives to Jesus because of what they saw there were certain places in Germany in way in the dark ages of the many evil times when they started doing the executions at night. Because by doing them in the daytime it was counterproductive we killed one and ten more joined the call. So a set of you and your son a student publicly bring the whole town and what look this is what we do to you if you're a Christian and people join the church. I'm going to reading and in fact is a Saturday I want rays doing them at night instead they're executing in secret. Because the impact of a martyr dying with a song on their lips and a prayer on their heart with eyes of love the people killing them they just they can deal with that. John Chapter twelve it says there really I say unto you except a corn of wheat fault of the ground and die it abides alone but if it dies it brings forth what now Jesus here in this verse was talking about himself this is the proper prophecy Jesus was a man of verse you are saying about what happened in about a few days time is on like that I'm going to die and when I die a bring forth much fruit but the lesson I believe applies to us today that when we live our life for Jesus and we live our life and if for whatever reason we were called to suck but also suffer a martyr's death may the fragrance of our life be sweet. I may have bring forth much fruit may we have the faith of Joal who said Though He slay me yet will I what. It will I trust Him Though He slay me yet will I trust him Marie Durand she's going to be in the lineage series she probably had no idea that a group of five Brits would fly to South of France and film an episode on her life but we put her in there for the simple fact that she's not famous you know we were episodes on Luther Knox Tyndale they're famous we were episodes on crime the last summer. But the reality is most of the people who died in the dark ages were nobodies we don't even know their names people that people really don't know so we put her in there because the lives that you and I live however in significance however in significant can bring fruit as well this isn't the place actually interesting this isn't Scotland here if you ever been to Scotland go here it's a beautiful place it's St Andrews St Andrews today is famous because it's a town where William and Kate Prince William have you know. Met Kate but her name is Catherine. That's where he met her. It's also the home of golf. Like the course there is six hundred years old however George Wishart was finally captured people don't really know George wish up but they know John Knox George wish John Knox his teacher he only lived to be thirty three. Thirty three he only preached in Scotland for two years. Two years preaching in Scotland captured at the age of thirty three finally at the cardinal Beaton had literally traced him around the whole country done the Aberdeen. Glasgow Edinburgh finally cardinal Beaton with five hundred men captured George Wishart. And he took in there to Scotland I mean to St Andrews and just outside St Andrew's Castle which is just in ruins today it's that sits on the coast it's a beautiful location just outside there you've got these initials on the ground it G.W. not for George Washington before George Wishart. And it's on that spot where he died and gave his life thirty three. Gave his life. John Knox though finding and knowing of his teacher's death you know when when George Wishart was captured John Knox wanted to go with him kind of like a drama situation is a home going to come to you and George Bush up to work with such words almost noble were it's OK You stay home he said one is sufficient for sacrifice George Wishart when he told John Knox to stay don't chase after me. George Wishart died John Knox though at the time was just kind of like this young man who followed George Bush are around incidentally carrying a two hundred sort to be as protector where he went after George Wishart death though John Knox said I will take up the mantle and we know he was famously for saying those words give me Scotland or I die. The seed of John Knox in many ways goes back to the man George wished that very few Christians even know who he is and yet his short life of thirty three years two years of preaching. His ministry had a legacy much longer than here we heard of John we've heard of John Knox but really George Bush was the forerunner so to speak almost like the John the Baptist's before his life was short but it was still a significant life. You and I we live lives today. Let us remember we don't live a life in a vacuum we don't live a life isolated from others and let us remember that whatever experience that we're going through in our lines however bad it may seem that we serve a God who watches over his children we've got all types of experiences in this hall today all types of personal life situations where sometimes as we leave this place as we leave the Sabbath hours we wonder where is God in those moments. I'm sure William Tyndale wanted that while he was locked in prison in Billboard Belgium I'm sure Marie Durand that crossed her mind more than once while she was locked up for thirty eight years in a stone cold room and yet we have the promise. That they are his eye is on the sparrow and as a song says I know He watches over you God watches over his children and that is we encourage or whatever life God calls us to live it's a life that if we live for Him that will bear fruit that like Jesus said If I die I bring forth much fruits I pray that in your life that whatever sacrifices have a big day may seem to you however. Hard they may seem to you that as we go through them know that there is fruit of them in our life and in the alliance of other people as well. And I read through the last verse of that song. The old the cause of evil prosper yet it is truth alone is strong though her her portion be the scaffold. And upon the throne be wrong yet that scaffold sways diffuse. And behind the dim unknown whatever a life you are living today if it feels like it's on a scaffold no that that scaffold sways the future and let that scaffold sweep future and remember the behind the demon known stands God within the shadows keeping watch over his own. May we be encouraged. The legacy of the Reformation is not over no matter what piece of paper gets signed by who knows who. The legacy of the Reformation lives on in their life and death of many of those who went before us and the scaffold of their lives truly does sway the day in which we live providing us with freedom and opportunity and inspiration as we share God's work. Left by our heads as we close with the word of prayer. Father in Heaven Lord we pause to thank you for the privilege we have to look back and be encouraged through these episodes of spiritual history Romans fifteen verse four says that whatever things that are written before for time have been written for our learning that through patience and comfort in the scriptures we might have hope though we thank you for the stories of the past that inspire us may they motivate us Lord to live lives of consecration and dedication to you today Lord I pray that the Reformation may not be over and that here on the campus of Lone mill in the university that the spirit of the Reformation may live strong. And then it may be evident in the lives of those he a presence that our lives may bet testimony of the truth as you have entrusted to us that we may live by the conviction of our conscience come what may and whatever experience we go to Lord May we always remember that you are near even if you're standing in the. 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