On this day in 1980, John Lennon was killed. The former member of the Beatles was shot by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver. Lennon, bleeding profusely, was rushed to the hospital, but died on the way.
Chapman had received an autograph from Lennon earlier in the day and voluntarily remained at the scene of the shooting until he was arrested by police. For a week, hundreds of bereaved fans kept a vigil outside the Dakota – Lennon’s apartment building – and demonstrations of mourning were held around the world.
It has been said that within three days of Lennon’s death, the entire civilized world had heard the news. Yet, a much bigger star died over 2,000 years ago. His name was Jesus. His death provided for the redemption of the world. Still, many have yet to hear the news.
I loved John Lennon’s music. I still play much of it on my iPhone. But only Jesus puts a song in my heart. It is never too late to tell the story of Jesus’ death – but don’t forget the resurrection!