Various Thoughts: John Lennon and Jesus

Various Thoughts: John Lennon and Jesus

I am working on a post on God’s love and ran across the line by John Lennon in 1966 that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” There is no doubt that their music was profoundly influential in the formation of pop culture.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

John Lenin hoped that his words would spark a utopia built on human love. Later he would follow up his Love is All You Need (1967) song with his song Imagine (1971) which was a ode to a godless utopia built on brotherly love. Jesus summed up his understanding of Judaism in an answer to a lawyer’s question about the most important commandment.

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.’ And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Jesus hoped that his words would spark a Kingdom built on the love of God that seeks to transform our identity by sacrificial love. I imagine given another quarter to half century as that era of modern pop culture fades away that hardly anyone will remember who John Lennon was but they will still be speaking about the words and works of Jesus.

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