By bridcf, Oct 11 2020 10:33AM
On Friday 9th November there were many celebrations on what would have been the 80th birthday of John Lennon. Lennon was, of course, famously part of the Beatles and formed their core song writing duo with Paul McCartney. He also wrote and performed as a solo artist and probably the most important of these songs is Imagine.
Part of what the song is about is to say that: 'Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky.' He also challenges us to imagine that there is no religion so that 'the world will be as one'.
In a way what John Lennon wants is absolutely right. He wants peace, love and unity between all men and women right across the world, but there are big questions about how he wants to turn his imagination into a reality.
Historian Tom Holland says of Imagine that: 'the lyrics were religious through and through'. In fact, despite the song being known as an ‘atheist anthem’ the picture Lennon paints in the song is entirely Christian as he adapts for his own uses what God has promised will happen to those who trust in Him.
The problem is that there is no way that the world will be as one in our current world. The Bible tells us that what gets in the way of having peace, love and unity with one another is that we have no relationship with God in the first place. Our sin, which is revealed through selfishness, wants only the best for ourselves and not for others.
But God sent Jesus so that our relationship with Him could be made right. All those who trust in Him know their hearts transformed to serve God and, in Him, one another as well as having the sure and certain hope of the promise being fulfilled of a place with God forever.
It is under the direct rule of God our King that the peace, love and unity John Lennon so much wanted will finally be realised. This is what the Bible promises and is what God’s people are looking forward to: 'I heard a loud voice from the throne [of heaven] saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away"' (Revelation 21:3-4).
There is peace in God’s presence because He is King. He has done away with sin forever and we will know the true peace and joy that only He can give to men and women.
John Lennon could only imagine what a transformed world might look like. We don’t have to imagine: we have a sure and certain hope that what the Bible shows us is going to be realised in Jesus.
May we be encouraged by this certain hope and keep our eyes firmly fixed on Him as He leads us towards the place of peace that He has personally prepared for us and wants us to enjoy forever.