Jesus Christ Superstar

Airing on
Probe Radio


Dr. Lawrence Terlizzese — "Who do men say that I am?" (Matt 16:16)

In 1966, rock star John Lennon said the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." Lennon made the statement in the context of his predication about the demise of Christianity; "Christianity will go," he said. "It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary." Lennon's failed predication about the demise of Christianity, like so many since the eighteenth century, grossly underestimated the enormous appeal of Jesus.

Jesus Christ is the most popular figure in history and everyone wants a piece of him. Recent music artists tend to disagree with Lennon. The pop diva Kesha sings, "Got Jesus on my necklace." Lady Gaga sings, "The three men I'm a serve my whole life is my Daddy and Nebraska and Jesus Christ." In his acclaimed single, "Jesus Walks," a sort of Hip Hop gospel song, Kanye West raps and preaches:

Listen Now
Link to Transcript
(left-click to listen
or download)



"Jesus is the most popular figure of all time. However, it is not always the biblical Jesus that we see. Christians need to clarify to the world just who Jesus was and what he came to earth to do. As a young person I always wanted to respond to John Lennon's comment that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." But I was not sure how until I wrote this article. The Beatles fade in our memory, but Jesus only gets more popular."

Lawrence is one of our newest Probe Research Associates. He holds both a Th.M. and Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of two books, Trajectory of the Twenty First Century: Essays in Theology and Technology and Hope in the Thought of Jacques Ellul.

Email the Author



Related Articles:

Rick WadeThe Historical Christ
Rick Wade examines the theories of those who deny the supernatural and instead search for the "historical Jesus." The conclusion is that the Christ of faith is indeed the Jesus of history.

Michael GleghornThe Self-Understanding of Jesus
Michael Gleghorn examines some sayings and deeds of Jesus, accepted by many critical scholars as historically authentic to see what they imply about Jesus' self-understanding.

Jimmy WilliamsJesus: The Divine Xerox
Master apologist and Probe Ministries founder Jimmy Williams presents evidence that Jesus Christ is the visible representation of the invisible God.


Probe Answers Your Questions:

"Did Christ HAVE to be Deity?"

"Did Jesus Have a Sinful Nature?"

"Where in the Bible Does It Prove that Jesus Was 100% Man and 100% God?"