This afternoon Corinne and I joined Mike and Donna and attended an afternoon matinee showing of Les Miserables. It is an excellent movie, one I would recommend to every Believer. I'm not going to write a review on the film as it's way too deep and I'm still chewing on the content. I have to admit that I was greatly moved by it! However, this flick made a strong statement about the difference between law and grace.
Throughout the film the hero was being haunted by his past in the form of a law officer who was very intent on following the letter of the law no matter what. On the other hand the hero continued to show the love of Jesus in his life.
Throughout the film I kept thinking of Galatians 5:1, "So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law." Paul continues to warn his readers of the grave consequences of mixing law with grace. He states in 5:4, "For if you are trying to make yourself right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace."
Now, I fully understand that most reading this will say, "I don't keep the law!" Yet...here is a truth that many miss....If you claim that you still sin you are placing yourself back under the law! Ouch! To be "fallen away from God's grace" means that one no longer has Christ's power within them making them holy! These people are on their own, doomed to failure and condemnation. Then their sins become active and they are deemed guilty, no longer having the tremendous advantage of God living in them! This is serious business!
Friends, all of your sins, past, present and future have been taken care of by Christ. He poured His blood over the mercy seat and he then sat down. There is no more sacrifce for sin! None! It's been done!
The law will always chase you, try to hunt you down and condemn you. Christ, on the other hand, lives within you. His mighty power works in you perfecting you into true holiness. It's not by your work, but by His!
Check out Les Miserables. Be forewarned, it is a musical, but the acting is excellent and the message from Hollywood is powerful! I only wish every church would be preaching the same thing!
Grace and Peace!