Thursday 25 February 2016

This Day in Hutterite History - Jakob Hutter Burned at the Stake

The new plaque placed last fall.
480 years ago Jakob Hutter was burned at the stake at Das Goldene Dachl in Innsbruck. I've been to that place twice and both times was deeply touched by the sacrifice of not only Jakob Hutter, but so many others as well. 

 Here's an excerpt from The Chronicle of the Hutterian Brethren:

As he was led to the stake, Jakob Hutter said to the executioner, "Come here, those of you who would prove me wrong! Let us test our faith in the fire. This fire will no more harm my soul as little as the fiery furnace harmed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego."

Jakob Hutter was a man of blameless heart before God,and endured the ordeal by fire. A faithful servant of Jesus Christ, he had led the church and brought God's Word to his people for nearly three years, and had left behind him in Moravia a people gathered and built up for the Lord. It is because of Jakob Hutter that the church community became known as the Hutterian Brethren. To this day the church is not ashamed of the name. The letters and writings he left us amply confirm that he was filled with zeal, earnest and courageous in the strength of God, and wholehearted in his love to the divine truth which he upheld until his death. Indeed, he gave his life for it.

 To read about Jakob Hutter related places I visited in Europe click here.

Another post:  Remembering What our Forefathers Fought and Died for

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