Imagine

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve read most of the major books published about the Beatles. Yes, I’m THAT guy. I’ll not bore you with the gory details of my life-long love affair with the music of the Fab Four. As the youngest of seven kids growing up in the 60s, I was aware of music straight away. And when I began playing guitar at age 13, it was the songs of the Beatles that found their way under my tender fingertips.

Much has been been written about John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Seemingly every detail of their lives has been scrutinized and analyzed and debated. And no member felt this attention more than John Winston Ono Lennon.

John was the rebel, the sarcastic Beatle. Famous (or infamous?) for his remarks about the popularity of his band versus Jesus Christ, his misunderstood misquote STILL raises the ire of the über devout.

One recent book made the claim that John had a genuine conversion experience in the last years before his tragic death. There is, of course, a hope deep inside that John made his peace with God. But as I’m not Holy Spirit, we won’t know his fate until eternity unfolds for us all.

John was a visionary and a strong advocate for peace. Indeed, the main theme of the music of the Beatles was love and peace.

His most beautiful and arguably controversial song was “Imagine.” Just the opening line alone was the stuff of scandal.

Imagine there is no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one

Whether or not you agree with John’s utopian idealism, it really is a beautiful melody. And I think he might’ve been onto something with his lyric.

Could John have been describing a vision of the future?

Before you prepare the stake for my eventual burning as a heretic, at least hear me out. Then you can light the match and dance round and round the flames. Dust to dust…

The Bible speaks of a time when heaven and earth will pass away. But Christ will rule on the new heaven and earth…New Jerusalem has landed and Eternity will have begun.

John the Beatle describes what John the Revelator prophesied. You may call me a dreamer or call me crazy, but re-read the lyric…

Heaven and earth has passed away. No hell below…and above is only sky because heaven will be on earth. The living Christ is ruling and reigning over mankind. A brotherhood of man, where love and peace has replaced hatred and death. No more hunger or greed or pain…

No more religion, either.

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one

I long for a time such as this…and dream of the day where Christ will wipe away my every tear.

Imagine…