(I write a bi-weekly faith column for our small town’s local newspaper, The Clipper. Here is the most recent article I wrote that appeared in today’s edition).
Good News for Les Miserables
There’s something captivating about Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables. This story has captured the hearts of every generation since its publication in 1862, and is a classic work of literature. Recently, my wife and I went to see the movie adaptation of the musical based on this story in the theatres, and we were not disappointed.
The main character in this story, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to a 19 year term of hard labour for the crime of stealing bread, and consequently, this convict becomes a cold-hearted man. When he is finally paroled, he is forced to carry a yellow passport, identifying him as a dangerous man.
However, something amazing happens one night to this wanderer after four days of travelling the village roads when a kindly old bishop has mercy on him. There is such a parallel between this story and the teachings of the Bible concerning law and grace. The villain in Les Misérables is a police officer named Javert who for two decades, hunts down Jean Valjean demanding justice. But one of the heroes in the story is the Christian bishop who extends grace and forgiveness to Valjean, even after this ex-convict stole from him.
Unfortunately, there are so many people who don’t know how amazing the grace of God is, that even while we were sinners, Christ died for us. God’s grace pursues all people, with unconditional love and acceptance. This is the good news for the most miserable sinner: God loves you – yes, even you!
To listen to our current series “Great Grace and Freedom” please go to www.beausejourchurch.ca and click on downloads.
Pastor Chris Jordan