Prince Alert: A Twist on the Meaning of Purple Rain

purple_illustration_articleUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the music artist Prince died a few weeks ago.  He was a musician with enormous talent and best known for his album Purple Rain.

As expected, the media blanketed the airways around the clock for over 5 days.  I know that many of his fans found solace in the 24 hour coverage but, honestly, it was excessive.

The incessant chanting of “purple rain, purple rain, purple rain” struck a chord with me but not in the way you might think.  With all of the hoopla surrounding the events of Prince’s passing I couldn’t help but think of a few comparisons between his life and that of another.

The Name: Prince

 There’s the musician, Prince Rogers Nelson and then there’s Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.  One was a gifted performer who was adored by millions and lived in grand fashion.  The other lived in humble means, had an entourage of 12 apostles, and offered a message of love, hope, peace, and salvation. (John 3:16)

The Song: Purple Rain

 Prince, the musician, once explained the meaning of this song as “When there’s blood in the sky – red and blue= purple… purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain.”

Well, um…okay.

We do know that purple is the color most associated with royalty and, leading up to the crucifixion,  the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, was robed in purple by the Roman garrison in mockery of His claim to be the Messiah. Purple is mentioned repeatedly in scripture primarily in the Old Testament but also in the New.

Then there’s rain…ah…rather, reign.  The musician attributed purple rain to the end of the world.  We have the assurance that the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, will reign forever and ever.

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” ~ Revelation 11:15

Well…that’s phenomenal, wonderful, fantastic, astounding, marvelous, and awesome!

The Symbol: Love

 Because of a contract dispute, Prince Nelson changed his name to a symbol that no one, including him, could pronounce.  He declared it to be the “love” symbol.  He even had one of his guitars made in its image.

Jesus, the Prince of Peace, also has a symbol associated with His name.  It is love incarnate, love unfailing, and love unending.  It is, of course, the cross upon which He gave His life for you and for me.

Conclusion

Without question, those who loved the music legend are hurting deeply and this post is not meant to minimize his death.  It is meant to put things in perspective for me, someone who loves the Lord and who recognizes there just might be a greater purple reign.

Be a blessing,

Bev

Author: Bev Santini

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