After 50 years of entertaining the world, Michael Jackson passed away on Thursday to the surprise of the world. People lined streets from Los Angeles to London to the front doors of the famous Apollo Theatre in New York to honor his memory. They loved him for his music. They loved him for the dance moves. My hope now is that they would love him for his wisdom.
In his last interview with Ebony Magazine he stated,
I always want to do music that inspires or influences another generation. You want what you create to live, be it sculpture or painting or music. Like Michelangelo, he said, “I know the creator will go, but his work survives. That is why to escape death, I attempt to bind my soul to my work.’ And that’s how I feel. I give my all to my work. I want it to just live.
The words of Michael Jackson in his final interview of 2007 show a man in the later part of his life still dreaming like a child. Dreaming that somehow his music would make him immortal rather mortal. That all that he gave his life to would ultimately live forever. Even until his last breath you can hear the words of a broken, lonely man in need of tasting that which is eternal.
The saddest memory of all is that Michael Jackson’s good quest for the eternal ultimately led to many dead ends.His children that he invested in will pass away as well. His songs will one day be removed from every skating rink jukebox. His Neverland ranch will be flattened to make room for a shopping mall. And his dance moves will be passed by the newest and latest artist that hits Youtube. The only road which leads to eternity is the road found in the Bible.
It is a road that is called narrow. It is one that might cost you your life. But it is the one thing that every man can live for that will live on after he goes into cardiac arrest. That road is the Gospel. Peter says in 1 Peter 2:9-10 that we are the treasured people of God so that we “may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ” That is the hope of every human heart that longs for the eternal (Ecc. 3:11). It’s not found in building bigger houses, being a great artist, or having all the right moves. Instead, it is finding immortality in Jesus Christ and proclaiming that offer of eternal life until he comes.