In the 25th episode of Finding Christ In Cinema, we investigate just a few of the Christian themes in the film LES MISERABLES.
First, we look at the Bishop and how he is the Christ-figure in this film. He finds the fugitive Jean Valjean hiding on the church property and invites him in instead of pushing him out. He wants Valjean to eat and rest at the church before he continues on his journey. Even when Valjean tries running away with a bag of stolen goods and is caught by the authorities, the Bishop still loves Valjean by advocating Valjean’s lie – yes, the Bishop took Valjean’s sin and eradicated it. The Bishop then urges Valjean to go out and do the same for others.
The Christ-Follower in Les Miserables
Valjean is then given chance after chance to forward this love and mercy to everyone around him throughout the film – including his enemy Inspector Javert. In fact, at one point, Valjean is in a position to kill Javert and avenge himself for twenty years of cruel and unusual punishment; however, Valjean chooses a better path: the path of mercy. He gives Valjean his life and tells Javert to leave. Javert doesn’t accept this new grace and warns Valjean that nothing has changed between the two, but Valjean lets him live still. He was merciful, just as the Bishop and his Father in heaven were merciful to him.
Discovering Christian And Biblical Themes In Movies
In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.
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