Remember the movie Back to the Future? I think it was so popular because people loved the idea of time travel and guessing what the future would be like.
Well, we don’t know much about flying cars (yet), but we actually do know what the future is going to be like.
We know it because of the resurrection. The resurrection gives us insight not only into something that happened, but something that is going to happen.
Bible scholar Tom Wright says it like this: “Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.”
In other words, through the resurrection, God gave us a glimpse of what things will be like someday—for everyone who enlists in the cause of the resurrected Jesus. It’s a future without fear or death; a future without mourning, or crying or pain; and a future with fullness of joy, peace, and celebration.
The apostle Peter says that the resurrection gives us a “living hope” (1 Peter 1:3). It’s not a dead hope, but a living one. It’s a way of life that shimmers and brims with the hope that, one day, God will re-make everything to as it should be.
Are there reasons to be concerned about our world? Yes. But none of them is bigger than the forward-looking power and hope of the empty tomb.
So although we don’t know about flying cars (yet), we do know that God has a glorious future planned.
Because of that, the people who go by the name of the resurrected Jesus, are summoned to be the hope of tomorrow today.
By Matthew Ruttan