Victor Hugo’s classic ‘Les Miserables’ is a great story about two men in revolutionary France, which brilliantly shows the biblical ideas of the contrast between Law and Grace, the meaning of redemption.
On the one side, Officer Javert – totally committed to his calling, and his mind set upon justice, finding and punishing those who violate their parole, upholding the law in the smallest detail. He does his duty as he sees it to be right – but his heart is cold.
Jean Valjean, after twenty years penal servitude, violates his parole- but through the words and prayers of a generous priest, his life is redeemed. He understands grace and mercy. Valjean seeks henceforth to do right, and live a good life, correcting injustice, and trusting God. A heart full of love.
All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace.When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end