One hundred years before Luther nailed his 99 Thesis to the door, sparking the reformation and crack in Roman Catholic influence in Europe, others were sparking their own ripples of reformed thought. Last week we looked at the influence of John Wycliffe by his printing the first Scriptures in the English language so the regular class could know the Word of God, and the love of Christ without having to go through a priest. He was branded a heretic by the church authority.
His influence reached across Europe, into Bohemia, where his teachings and ideas were debated at the University of Prague. Jon Hus was among the Bohemian scholars interested in Wycliffe’s ideas. Hus didn’t agree with everything Wycliffe taught, but he was open to allowing people to discuss and read the Theologian’s works. He also despised the corruption in the hierarchy of the Church, calling the religious leaders, “the Lord’s fat ones”.
In 1411 Hus was excommunicated after he refused to answer for his disobedience against the church, including preaching in other venues other than the ordered parish, cathedral or monastery.
Much like Wycliffe, Hus’s radical preaching drew criticism from the religious authority, but also the King, who actually respected Hus.
What followed was politically motivated by greed. This documentary movie is based on the last years of the life of Jon Hus, in prison on charges of heresy.
The description reads, During his imprisonment Hus formed an unusual friendship with one of his jailers, Robert Talio. Hus’s demonstration of faith in the face of death won Talio over to his cause. This historically based documentary produced for Czech television features outstanding dramatized scenes that reveal Hus’s humanity and depict his unwavering commitment to God’s mercy and justice.
It’s an interesting and amazing story, and I hope folks will be able to watch it. John Wycliffe, Jon Huss and many others after knew the costs of going against a political influence of the Roman papacy and Catholic tradition, but they knew the truth of Scriptures as well, and chose the course which led to the light of the Word shining on those who had no hope.
The Hall of Faith of Hebrews surely have these two, and so many more among the greats of the Bible for the truth and love of Jesus they shared to the world.
Have a blessed day all.