Les Miserables and Gospel Connection According to John Ortberg

By Ruth

Les Miserables, a story that depicted the wretchedness of human conditions and the grace that comes to all from above, has moved and perhaps transformed countless lives through its gospel message written to the suffering world.

John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, over the weekend deciphered the gospel according Les Miserables for the members of his church in Silicon Valley, highlighting the doctrine of substitutionary love and the promise for all whose hope is in God.

In his sermon, Ortberg said that often the story is thought of as a battle of law versus grace, with Javert, a police official, representing the law, but that’s not quite right.

Ortberg said the law that Jesus summarized is this: “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbors like yourself. Be the kind of person who is filled with gratitude, devotion, worship and adoration, then just love people…carry the burdens of others as if they were your burden.”

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