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Love those movies…

June 30, 2010

Last night, Ingrid and I watched the movie, Les Miserables starring Liam Neeson. We’ve never seen the theater production of it and only brief snippets of the movie. So despite both being tired after a long day, we watched it and I’m so thankful we did. I know this is probably old news to those of you who have seen the movie but I’ve just got to throw my thoughts into the mix maybe just so that I feel better.

What a story of redemption and of rescue.  There’s a lot of scenes in certain movies that stir and remind me of what Christ has done for me but the gravitational pull in every instanced of this movie is hearts and lives being ransomed at a cost.

Despite having made a mistake that ended him up in a hard labor camp for 20 years, Jean Valjean falls again to thievery when he steals from a Bishop who has done nothing but fed him and given him a warm bed in which to sleep. Instead of condemning Valjean the Bishop presses no charges and essentially tells officials that he finds no fault in what this man has done. In fact, the Bishop further blesses Jean Valjean by giving him more silver than he’d originally stolen. As the Bishop faces this man who’s just wronged him, gaze and his words cuts brand the soul of Valjean with these words:

“Jean Valjean my brother you no longer belong to evil. With this silver, I have bought your soul. I’ve ransomed you from fear and hatred, and now I give you back to God.”

Worship Leader and Christian recording artist, Vicky Beeching sings an amazing song called, Deliverer; a song that talks not only how we’ve been rescued from certain and eternal death but how Christ desires to come for us in the other mire of our lives no matter the sin; no matter the shame. I was listening to it today and I thought you might like to have a listen to that song story here and then we’d love to hear from you guys —

What movies stir and remind your heart that you’ve been ransomed at a cost?

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  1. July 6, 2010 4:24 am

    This is one of my fav movies of all time. It certainly inspires ones soul and faith in redemption and true repentant.

    • July 6, 2010 7:55 pm

      Julia – you’re absolutely right. Every turn of this movie and certainly so many others serve as great reminders of “our story”; “our journey” — both walking alongside Christ, steering away from Him and everything in between. That’s why movies; more accurately – story reminds us that we are part of the most amazing, adventurous, romantic, heroic story ever told.
      Thanks for visiting our blog and we hope to chat more with you in the future!

      -Joel

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