December 25 – 1619 = 1555 = Bertrand de Bias trods Mass wafer under his foot
Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Christmas is one of the Five Feast Days of the Reformed Church. It is celebrated every year to remind us of the great gift that is the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, it is not surprising to find that the Reformed church has a rich history of momentous events on this day. It was often used symbolically to begin a Reformation usually by celebrating the Lord’s Supper according to the Reformed manner. This was done in 1619 by Abraham Scultetus and Elector Frederick III in Prague and the Elector of Brandenburg in Berlin in 1613. It was the day that Farel, Viret, and Froment arrived in Geneva sent by Bern to bring the Reformation to Geneva in 1533. And there is the story of Bertrand de Bias, who went into a Roman Catholic service on Christmas Day 1555, grabbed the wafer from the hand of the priest, threw it done, and ground it to powder under his foot all the while proclaiming the true nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. He would be arrested, tortured, and put to death for this act, but so great was his devotion to Jesus that he feared not the consequence but to free those who saw from the slavery of the idolatry of the Mass, he felt he had to try. These events and more remind us that the Father sent His only begotten Son to earth for us, so we should present ourselves to Him as living sacrifices of thanksgiving!
Details of de Bias found in Good’s “Origin of the Reformed Church in Germany” pg.245
Category: history devotional