Monday, June 4, 2012

Seeing Jesus in Les Miserables

PRAYER REQUESTS: Please continue to lift up those that have requested prayer by clicking HERE. Some quick updates on Kim, Andrew and Connor. We are still waiting on Friday's PET scan result and will let you know if it's clean (Lord willing). Andrew was moved to the ICU due to complications from pneumonia, a high fever and kidney/liver issues. Connor has had a long and painful weekend as well battling hemorrhoids and bleeding gums. Please lift them up today if you could. Thanks. 
Unlike Kim, I'm never been a big fan of musicals, but if there is one musical that gets me every time it's got to be Les Miserables. As many of you probably know, it's a classic tale set to the French Revolution that has endured for 150 years because of its profound redemptive theme. In fact, it reminds me of  another story "the greatest story every told" (i.e. the Gospel) which has endured for 2,000 years. They both tell a riveting story of law and grace, sin and forgiveness, greed and giving, romance and redemption. I bring all this up because I ran across a movie trailer of the classic novel which will be coming out this Christmas (see below) - it looks very promising.

The song I Dreamed a Dream sung throughout this trailer is a haunting reminder that this world is utterly broken and it leaves us desperately longing for a more perfect world. It resonates deep within each of us because we all recognize this to be true. Something profound was lost in the Garden of Eden and we have all been searching for it since. C.S. Lewis said, "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."  Read the lyrics below...

There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong 

I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame
He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he'll come to me
That we'll live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

What a melancholic song of hopelessness. This describes the state of man so accurately after the Fall. After disobeying God and eating from the tree, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden and forced to enter a wilderness cursed by thorns and thistles (Gen 3:23).

But there is hope. Notice, when Jesus begins his ministry, he begins it where else but in the wilderness (Lk 4:1), and when he closes his earthly ministry it conspicuously ends in a garden. A broken world cursed with thorns and thistles finds redemption in a life lived in perfect obedience, wearing a crown of thorns and thistles on his head and dying cursed on a tree (Deut 21:23). What man has lost, God has restored.

No matter how great our loss, how broken our hearts, or how sad our song, the promise is as true now as it has ever been. God is bringing about a new heaven and a new earth and with each day that passes we are one day closer to a time and a place like the one before it all went wrong and where the song is again exciting. And because of the cross and the empty tomb...

Life is worth living. (John 10:10)
Love has not died. (Romans 8:38-39)
God is forgiving. (Ephesians 4:32)
The ransom has been paid. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
A new song will be sung. (Revelation 14:3)
A new wine will be tasted. (Luke 22:18)
This hope is only found in the Gospel  (Colossians 1:23)
And ultimately realized when we see Jesus face to face.(Titus 2:13-14)
He is the only one that can fill our days with endless wonder. (Mark 9:15)


Peter & Kim

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