“How can it be that the bread is our Maker, when the baker made it? Who then made the baker?”
Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554) is known as the nine day queen of England. A distant relative of Henry VIII, she spent much of her childhood in the king’s court, being groomed to marry Edward, the next-in-line for the throne. By age 7 both she and Edward knew Latin and Greek, and through reading the New Testament both had been converted to Christ.
Edward became king as a boy, died a few years later—likely poisoned by one of his advisers—resulting in Lady Jane becoming Queen. Jane knew nothing of the order of succession, and came to the throne reluctantly. But she realized that if she took a stand for Christ and against the Mass, she could leave a mark on England.
After only nine days, Jane was betrayed by her father and overthrown
by her Spanish (and Catholic) cousin, Mary. Imprisoned, she was
offered mercy if only she would take the Mass. Instead she publicly
debated Mary’s chaplain about transubstantiation. By all accounts
the seventeen-year-old girl won the debate, for which she would lose
her life. She was beheaded shortly thereafter.
* Became Queen of England at age 17
* Debated Bloddy mary's personal Catholic Chaplain, John Jowman Feckernham. (Called Feckerhan Debate <=click to read a portion of the debate)
* Affired only two sacraments: Baptism & the Lord's Supper
* Denied the Catholic teaching of Transubstatiation that says that when you eat the bread and drink they turn into the actiual bocy and blood of Jesus.
* Affirmed that the Lord's Supper is symbolic and is an opportunity to remember what Christ has done
She went to her execution reciting Psalm 51 and said before the people the followng:
Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same. The fact, indeed, against the Queen's highness was unlawful, and the consenting thereunto by me: but touching the procurement and desire thereof by me or on my behalf, I do wash my hands thereof in innocency, before God, and the face of you, good Christian people, this day.
In other words, she ack owledged her guilt at becoming queen, but professed innocence at desiring it.
I pray you all, good Christian people, to bear me witness that I die a true Christian woman, and that I do look to be saved by no other mean, but only by the mercy of God, in the blood of his only Son Jesus Christ: and I conffess, that when I did know the word of God, I neglected the same, loved myself and the world; and therefore this plague and punishment is happily and worthily happened unto me for my sins; and yet I thank God, that of his goodness he had thus given me a time and repite to repent.
And now, good people, while I am alive, I prayu you assist me with your prayers.
Those "while I am alive" were deliberate and reflecterd her disagreemrnt with the Catholic practice of saying masses for the dead.
Jane’s legacy is seen in the fact that after Bloody Mary’s death, England would never again be a Catholic nation. English history was forever changed by the gospel-fueled martyrdom of a teenage queen.