I have always been a huge fan of the Beatles. When they came to the United States they took our country and really the world by storm. They took the popularity Elvis had and raised it up a notch. In their 3rd of 9 appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, Mr. Sullivan said, “These youngsters will leave a lasting impact on everyone.”
That was true in a number of ways. One major impact they had at the time of the late 60’s and early 70’s was in their protest of war. John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono dedicated their lives toward calling for the cessation of war. That was at the time the definition of “peace”.
John’s song in 1972 “So This is Christmas (The War is Over)” was a song of protest for America’s involvement in the Viet Nam War. It is still played to this day all over the English speaking world. Then, 8 years later on December 8, 1980 John Lennon was shot and killed outside his luxury apartment in New York City by Mark David Chapman.
This anti-establishment musician, who mainstreamed psychedelic drugs and eastern philosophy into the mainstream, this musician of peace was gunned down in violence. Lennon is still remembered for his political activism and pacifism. He has had an impact on many people. In that regard Ed Sullivan was right.
The sad thing was, Lennon’s call for peace was misguided as he did not base it on the truth of God’s existence, much less on Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace. This man who loved the idea of peace had ignored the only source of peace for anyone’s life. I had heard that he had come to believe in Jesus before his death. I don’t know if that is true or not. I hope that it is. I want all people to come to the knowledge of Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Romans 3:17 says of godless people, “the way of peace they do not know.” Jesus Christ is the way of peace. In Isaiah 9:6 we read: “For unto us a child is born, unto to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called wonderful, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
My prayer this Christmas Eve morning is that all who read this have found their peace with God through Jesus Christ. My prayer is that whatever is causing you to be disturbed and unsettled this very moment will be something you will give over to the Lord right after you read this. Let Jesus, the Prince of Peace, be your Prince of Peace today not only in your relationship with God the Father but in the everyday grind of life.
Isaiah 26:3,4 says, “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Let Him be your “rock” this morning and every day.