The Gospel in… is a series of blog posts that seek to do two things. First, we want expose the gospel in particular stories. Second, we want to teach our readers to seek and find the gospel in stories.
There are so many themes that are in this clip. Valjean has been caught stealing from the bishop who took him in and fed him and yet, this bishop shows him grace. We can see forgiveness, redemption, sacrifice, grace, and so many other themes in this clip.
I am always struck by what this intense and pure display of grace does to Valjean in the story. He is a changed man. Not because he did anything or changed in himself. He is changed by grace, forgiveness, and sacrifice.
This idea reminds me of Ephesians 2:8-10
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Grace has many purposes in your life. One of those purposes is to change you. We tend to see Ephesians 2:8-9 and perhaps even memorize these verses, but leave verse 10 behind. The grace that is your salvation is the tool that God is using to craft you. It is the tool that the bishop uses to craft Valjean. As God’s workmanship you, like Valjean, are prepared for good works in response to the wonder of what God has done in you and for you.