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Les Miserables (spoiler alert)

January 8, 2013


“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment!”  James 2: 12-13

On Sunday afternoon I took my daughter Lydia to see the movie musical “Les Miserables”.  It is a very powerful film.  In years past I was also able to see the off broadway play version and the 1998 non-musical feature film version staring Liam Neeson.

Every version moved me to tears and by the end of the new film my shirt was wet with tears.  Les Miserables is the story of a man, Jean Valjean, who served 19 years in a hellish prison for stealing bread for his starving nephew.  Upon release he is taken in for the night by a very kind bishop and given a hot meal and a bed.  However, in the middle of the night he steals the bishop’s silver.  The next day the police catch him, but when he is taken before the bishop to verify the theft, the bishop tells the police that he gave the silver to him.  The bishop then also gives Jean 2 huge silver candlesticks. This act of grace and mercy so moves Jean that he accepts The Lord and vows to live a better life and to show others God’s grace and mercy too.  

The other main character Javert was a guard at Jean’s prison and later a police Captain in the city Jean settles in.  Javert is a man totally driven and consumed by the law.  He devotes his life to hunting down the former criminal Jean Valjean.  When the 2 men finally come face to face Jean has the opportunity to kill Javert, but instead shows him grace and mercy and lets him escape.  Later in the film Javert has the chance to capture or kill Jean, but this time Javert allows Jean to pass freely.  However, Javert is so conflicted inside due to his high view of the law and his legalism that he commits suicide because he is unable to receive grace and mercy for himself.

Jesus is honored and lifted high in this film.  From beginning to end God is glorified and the message of unconditional love, grace and mercy is at the forefront.  This film made me cry like a baby and touched me deep inside.  It shows that the law leads to bondage and death and that grace leads to freedom and life.  I highly recommend this film because it truly shows that “mercy triumphs over judgment”.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !


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  1. Chris, I will make it a point to go see it with my wife. Thanks for the post.

  2. Pam Smith permalink

    It was very good. The scripture you thought of is so right on with the movie. The other part that really touched me was the unconditional, total lack of self regard that the mom has to her daughter. She was so willing to do whatever it could possibly mean to care for her daughter, including giving her self, her teeth and her hair to that end. It was an excellent movie that has so many lessons and thoughts to it. THanks for sharing Chris.

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