Grace is something we cannot do for ourselves, but God can do for us. This was the message I received at the ChristMis Eve service at Liquid Church on December 24, 2012. Between the teachings about grace and forgiveness, three songs were performed from the musical Les Miserables. If you would like to learn how this musical is about second chances, allowing grace to transform lives, and paying it forward as a result, you can watch the sermon by clicking here.
While watching the film Les Miserables 2012, I noticed that there was a drastic difference in the reactions of Jean Valjean and the solider when presented with the gift of Grace. One responded in gratitude and allowed grace to change his heart. The other remained with a heart of stone and committed suicide. This reminded me of the contrast between Peter and Judas. In the gospel, both betray Jesus when his hour comes, but Peter repents and Judas commits suicide. Peter receives the Holy Spirit and goes on to impact and sacrifice his life in the name of gospel. Like Jean Valjean, he impacts many lives and does what is right.
I enjoyed seeing the film version of Les Miserables because I could understand and follow the story better than I could when I saw it on stage. Being up close to see facial expressions during the songs was a powerful and unique experience.
I would recommend this film to all Christians so they can reflect on the power of grace when forgiveness it given freely, even when undeserved. It is rated PG-13 and I do not recommend it to anyone under the age of 13.
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