Accept the Gift

Posted on: 7-15-112013

Yesterday I wrote about the precious gift of grace extended to the character Jean Valjean in the movie “Les Miserables” and how it is an example of the grace we’ve been given by God.  Tonight, I want to continue to talk about grace and the difference in the way two different characters in the movie received it.  As I said yesterday, Jean Valjean’s character was extended grace instead of the condemnation he deserved.  Valjean’s character is forever changed because of that one event.  He accepts the gift given to him and allows it to change his life for the better. Later in the story, Valjean is given an opportunity to either extend grace to Javert, his number one enemy, or to destroy his life.  The choice couldn’t have been an easy one because to grant Javert his life would put Valjean’s life in jeopardy.  Valjean chose to extend grace to his enemy even though he knew it could eventually destroy his own life.  Unlike Valjean’s character who accepted the gift of grace which was given to him, Javert is never really able to accept the gift of grace given to him.  He knows that Valjean held his life in his hands and allowed him to go free.  However, he simply cannot accept that the man he has so long wanted to destroy has granted him his life.  He refuses to accept the grace extended to him and it eventually destroys him.

All of us have been extended the gift of grace by God.  He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay for our sins and grant us eternal life instead of condemning us to die and spend eternity in hell, which is what we deserve.  The gift is for all, but in order to receive the grace given, we must accept it.  For those of us who, like Valjean, accept the gift, our lives are changed forever for the better.  We know that we deserved condemnation, but instead received a pardon.  We understand that we have received a gift beyond compare.  Others, however, like Javert, have received the same gift of grace, but never accept it.  By rejecting the gift, they actually destroy themselves.  They had to ability to be pardoned and set free, but their own inability to accept the gift condemns them to an eternity spent in hell, separated from the One who loved them enough to extend the gift in the first place.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16


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