At 11:45 a.m., this day, in 2011, Kansas City police were called to investigate a fatal shooting reported in a Zona Rosa parking garage. The victim died at the scene with gun in hand. The K.C.MO Police are investigating the death as a probable suicide.
At around 10:50 p.m. on December 8th, 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment, The Dakota, after recording at The Record Plant, Mark David Chapman waited with gun in hand. Upon their arrival at The Dakota, Chapman followed Lennon and shot him in the back four times.
John Winston (Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He would have been 71 years and 60 days old, today, had it not been for that deranged lunatic firing over and over, and ending the life outside his New York City apartment building, the Dakota, on December 8th, 1980. John Lennon has been gone for 31 years.
Not quite 50 years ago, the lives of four young men began to change the face of music’s history. Each had their individual quirks and personalities, probably the most notable was that of John Lennon. John was incredibly insightful and almost prophetic with his zeal to bring "peace" to the earth. He never seemed to be afraid to say what he felt and was very confident in his beliefs. John's famous, "Give peace a chance!", was his heartfelt cry to humanity to stop all war and live in peace. Ironically, this man of peace was shot down in his prime. Why does it seem that those with a peaceful message are often violently silenced? He was taken from us too soon. As Bernie Taupin wrote and Elton John so aptly sang, "It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain.". He is sorely missed.
One of several definitions of peace is, ...a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations. . The prior description is achieved by yet another definition of peace, ...cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension or freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity. True peace comes from within. Then, and only then, can one attempt to infect the world with this personal freedom from strife.
Symbolism in peace is all well and good, but much like faith, without works, is dead - James 2:17, so then is attempting a dramatic change toward world peace without human interaction and effecting change. According to scripture, if we have an attitude of gratitude, or thankfulness, then we will experience God's peace, personally. “Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.” - Phil. 4:6,7
John Lennon's legacy of promoting peace has endured for almost 30 years. Comparatively, God's endowment of peace, more than 10,000 years! The prophet Isaiah wrote about God's peace, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! - Isaiah 26:3. Words of wisdom.
The gifts that the world has given in honor and memory of John Lennon and other notorious peacemakers is certainly a step in the right direction, but, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, said, I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart. And, the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don't be troubled or afraid. - John 14:27. True peace can be found but, only if we seek that truth and let it permeate our entire lives.
John Lennon had a few great quotes; "We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.". And who could forget, "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.". But, the one I have been quite intrigued with is, "You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God, in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate .". John didn't know how close he was to the absolute truth. You see, God wants all of us to experience a peace that passes all understanding. That's why he sent his son, to bring the world “God's peace”.
It was over 2000 years ago that the life of one human began to change the face of history. He had many great qualities and a Godly personality and most notably lived a sinless life. Jesus was ultimately insightful and much more than just a prophet. He brought peace to earth. He wasn't afraid of mankind and did everything necessary to save him. If we believe on Him we, too, can be saved! We don't miss Him because He is alive and well, and lives within the hearts of those who accept Him. Jesus' heartfelt cry was, "I'm leaving you peace. I'm giving you my peace. I don't give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So, don't be troubled or cowardly." - John 14:27.
Ironically, this man of peace was crucified in his prime but, He couldn't be silenced. He died and then He rose from the dead in three days. As Isaiah said, "And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." - Isaiah 58:11
Jesus also had a few great quotes; "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."- Mark 1:17. And, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." - Matthew 19:26. Jesus knew he was the absolute truth, He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." - John 14:6. "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." - Matthew 7:5.
Symbolic of Lennon's 'Give Peace a Chance' legacy, not long ago, family members came together for a rare gathering, sharing warm hugs, including his first and second wives, Cynthia Lennon and Yoko Ono, as well as her son Sean Lennon, in order to show support for Julian Lennon's photography exhibit in New York City, which opened on September 17th, 2010, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery and ran through October 17th of that year.
Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”. “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Symbolic of Lennon's 'Give Peace a Chance' legacy, not long ago, family members came together for a rare gathering, sharing warm hugs, including his first and second wives, Cynthia Lennon and Yoko Ono, as well as her son Sean Lennon, in order to show support for Julian Lennon's photography exhibit in New York City, which opened on September 17th, 2010, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery and ran through October 17th.
If you like my articles, you can click on "Subscribe" to receive notification when new ones are posted.
Feel free to link to this page or tell me what you think of my column in the comment section below
other notes & resources: