If I were to write a title for the life story of Louis Zamperini, I think I would have called it Redemption: The Story of Louis Zamperini. Unbroken is probably a more marketable title, but as I shared in a previous blog, the title “Unbroken” represented Zamperini’s life, not the movie.
As I watched the movie, I thought to myself, “How could anyone recover from all that Zamperini experienced in his life?” The movie recounted one set back after another. It was a chronology of misunderstanding, mistreatment and misfortune sprinkled with a small dose of success (the Olympics). How could that many bad things happen to one man in such a short period of time?
Little wonder that Zamperini suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, nightmares, alcoholism and a marriage about to disintegrate. Little wonder that he was angry and hated more than he loved. Little wonder that he was broken.
What changed? He turned his life over to Jesus. And as it says in the Bible, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Louis Zamperini’s life was redeemed by Jesus.
So what is redemption? Redemption is God giving meaning to every experience in our lives by the way in which He uses those experiences for good.
Anyone and everyone who ever met Louis Zamperini notes what a remarkable man he became. He became unbroken.
By his testimony, one can see that his life was redeemed. God gave Zamperini meaning to every experience in his life. He gave meaning to every misunderstanding, every mistreatment and every misfortune and used them for good.
That is what is so amazing about the life of Louis Zamperini. A man who had every reason to be angry, hateful and full of vengeance, became a loving, forgiving and caring man of God who displayed the very nature of a man redeemed by Christ.
Something to think about …