Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Your Goose is Cooked!

Recently I spoke on Reformation Day at a Christian School in Seattle and used the following illustration of John Hus “the Goose.”

In 1414, Hus was summoned by the Archbishop of Prague to stand before a official hearing on his doctrines--the Roman Catholic church believing Hus was a heretic and yearned that his preaching be stopped. Since Hus refused this charge, and continued to preach the Gospel, the Roman Catholic church summoned him, under pretense of "safety", to appear and present his case before the Catholic tribunal. Instead of allowing him a fair trial, they arrested Hus and imprisoned him; Hus' case was never really heard. He did stand “trial” and was convicted of being a heretic. He was burned at the stake by the Catholic church on July 6, 1415. Hus sang hymns while he died.

You may have heard the phrase, "your goose is cooked". This was first coined from the martyrdom of this reformer. Hus' name in German sounded like "goose". Thus, as he was burned, they coined the term "Hus is cooked (or, “your goose is cooked)" in German. Yet, Hus said to the Archbishop during his trial, that though he--the goose--be burned at the stake, another will come--a swan--to teach and preach the doctrines of the Bible; to finish the work of reformation which had begun. This swan would be no other than Martin Luther in the early 1500’s.

Source: http://www.apuritansmind.com/Reformation/Reformation.htm

1 comment:

Roseline Seal said...

John/Jan Hus, was a dedicated Bible research'er, his inward devotion, prompted himself to become a questionary towards the establishment, as a time sent servant to truths, the goose man supplied us with alternate explanations towards bible obscurity, his followers skeptical at first, acknowledged his humble scholastic teachings, many came on board to form the early protest-movement, John/Jan was the rekindled voice of the band of the Hus-Hussiers-Husbands, his enemies "Cooked his Goose" in a desperate attempt to keep control of the endamaged unwedded power house.