It’s been a few weeks, since I’ve driven past Prince’s recording studio, Paisley Palace. I did so shortly after his death. However, a few days ago, I drove past again. This time the scene was quite different. Gone are the enormous TV trucks with their giant satellite dishes. Also gone are the long lines of adoring fans & curiosity seekers. I saw only a handful of people milling about. The perimeter fence around the compound, is covered with sentiments of grief and affection left by thousands of people. However, these tokens of admiration have gone through quite a change. The flowers stuck in the fence have wilted or fallen to the ground. The signs and posters are sagging, with their messages blurred by the weather. Hundreds of purple, star shaped, Mylar balloons or now underinflated or just pitifully flat, flapping sadly in the wind. I imagine that inside, Prince’s studio is quiet and dark. The many instruments he once brought to life, are now gathering dust. There will no more songs to be recorded. No more concerts to be given. No more surprise guest appearances to be made. All of this points to one grim fact. Prince is gone and he’s not coming back!
Once again I am struck by the contrast between the musical icon Prince and the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Our Jesus is not dead. He is very much alive, in His resurrection body, truly a God with skin on. Our Jesus isn’t t idle, according to Romans 8:34, Jesus is actively standing “at the right of God interceding for us.” Praying for each of us by name! Jesus is also busy preparing a place for us in heaven. Here is what he said in John 14:2; “In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”
So, let’s review the facts. We have a Prince who is very much alive. A Prince who is committed to helping us deal with the struggles of life, by praying for us. He is also preparing a heavenly home for us and He is a Prince who is coming again. Not just coming again, He’s coming back for us! Jesus also said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am. (John 14:3). Let’s not forget that because our Prince is God, this makes Him ever-present with us through his abiding Spirit, each and every day. Jesus has promised to “never leave us or forsake us”. This is a promise made and kept. It seems to me, that we have the best of both worlds, since our Jesus is the Prince of princes in this world and the next, not forgetting that He is also the King of kings. Come, Lord Jesus, we are ready & joyfully anticipating Your royal return!