I took my family to see Les Miserables, the musical movie over Christmas. My wife and I saw the play while in college in L.A. some 24 years ago together. I had my hopes set for reliving the play, remembering those age-old emotions through the varying scenes of the stage. I truly wanted my kids to be captured by the redemption of the story as layer upon layer of relationships would experience the pull of “the law” against the overwhelming flood of “grace”.
Then Hugh Jackman sang the Valjean Soliloque and I burst apart with emotions in my theater seat. I think my kids were embarrassed at my reaction, but then they noticed that the entire theater wasn’t breathing… and they were caught up in the moment of God’s grace.
I cannot contain the reality of God’s redeeming grace expressed to me, a pitiful sinner, and yet God’s love continues to pour into my soul.
The Valjean in the Church scene wrecked me… God’s grace is a profound force.
When I consider the times I want to judge someone for not being who I expect them to be, or for not responding in a way that I find beneficial to me… the Lord reminds me of Romans 2:1-4.
God is the giver and judge of all truth. He is the one who can condemn if he chooses, it’s not for me to take that role. I so easily forget that God’s kindness leads me to repentance.
It was the kindness of the Bishop in Les Miserables shown to Valjean that brought Valjean to his repentant cry in the church. It was the grace and freedom to forgive a debt that brought Valjean to salvation. The grace of the Bishop shown to Valjean brought a change of heart and the death of 24601.
Lord Jesus, help me to live into the forgiveness granted me, that I might forgive and grant more grace to others.