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The moment John Lennon got high on LSD and told The Beatles he was Jesus Christ

John Lennon and The Beatles weren’t famed for their drug-taking. Their music and their output as artists always trumped that fact. But the band were known for experimenting with drugs, especially John Lennon’s experimentation with LSD.

One night, during a particularly strong trip, the guitarist found himself with the undeniable feeling that he was not only finding his spirituality but that he was in fact, at that time (during a trip) Jesus Christ himself.

The story goes, according to Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles from Tony Bramwell, that Lennon was out of his mind on a strong tab of acid and called an emergency meeting of The Beatles. The members of the group, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison soon rushed over to Lennon and met in the boardroom of Apple Records.

Standing before his bandmates he said, “I’ve got something very important to tell you,” letting the energy of the statement circulate the room “I am Jesus Christ. I have come back again. This is my thing.” Rather than being shocked or surprised or indeed committing Lennon to the loony bin, the group took it in their stride.

In fact, the only member of the group to utter a word was Ringo. The drummer let out a sigh and said, “Right. Meeting adjourned, let’s go have some lunch.” He quickly took Lennon to lunch but while the ‘Imagine’ singer continued to spiral into the idea of singular spirituality a fan rushed to their table and was besotted with meeting John Lennon.

The guitarist soon corrected the gushing fan, “Actually,” Lennon said, “I’m Jesus Christ.” Although the fan was stunned they were perhaps expecting as dumfounding a response as they got. The fan replied, “I still liked your last record,” the night wouldn’t end their.

Lennon would soon tell friends that he must be productive in creating music as he felt that his days were numbered.

He told a friend, “They’re going to kill me, you know. But I’ve got at least four years to go, so I’ve got to do stuff.” That night he would call up an artist he had recently met named Yoko Ono. They would spend the night together and become one of the most iconic couples the world has ever known.

They may not have been bigger than Jesus but at one time, in one dimension or another, John Lennon was, in fact, Jesus Christ himself.

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Source: Listverse

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