The Grace of Les Misérables: "Is Grace Ever Just?" Rev. Ross Baker
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
In Les Misérables, Jean Valjean is a person many of us can identify with. He has done wrong and face hardship, but he seeks to change and become a person who does what is right. For this reason, many of us gravitate towards his story and want him to change. But Valjean is opposed by a policeman named Javert who believes that people cannot change. And for this reason Javert pursues Valjean throughout much of the story, utterly convinced that justice is only possible if Valjean returns to prison. It raises the question, when it comes to balance, could it be that justice and grace are one in the same? Too often grace and justice are seen as opposites. When we dig into God’s word, we may discover that in Christ, grace and justice are often indistinguishable.