You might be really into Les Misérables with the fact that the movie/musical came out last year. And you might really be excited and tear-filled at the story of redemption within the film. The thing that all the fans of the film seem to be missing is the fact that the film was secondly a musical at the Barbican Theatre in London. Way back in 1985.
Before that was a big-ass book by a Frenchman named Victor Hugo and published in 1862 and details some fictional representations of real events in France between 1815 and 1832. Yes, that makes it over 150 years old. But the real story is nearly 2000 years old and in the person and member of the Trinity we call Jesus.
Jesus is probably best portrayed in the Bishop that Jean Valjean (our protagonist) robs early on during his parole from prison. The Bishop, like Christ, demonstrates Grace by saying, essentially, “You want to steal from me? Take the good stuff, too. You obviously need it.”
Valjean’s nemesis is, in all of it’s condemnation, the Law, in the form of the person Javert. The Law is out to destroy the work that Grace does throughout the entire story.
Grace and Law have one major thing in common – they pay themselves forward until a great Intervention occurs. Our Intervention is in the cure for sin named Christ. It it through Him we come out of hiding and through His worth, we seek God. Valjean’s first experience of Grace leaves him offering it to Fantine, Cosette, and Marius. He even offers it to the Thenardiers, corrupt and selfish innkeepers, as he redeems Cosette, a promise he made to her dying mother, Fantine.
Javert, tries for over 2700 pages of text (or 2.5 hours of musical and movie), to take Valjean back to prison for violating his parole. Eventually, like many who pursue justice, he gives up. He gives up, in the story, to the point of committing suicide.
Grace’s real enemy never gives up. But, also, never wins. Amen.