In Search of a Better Country

Jesus, the True and Better Doc Brown

Jeff Vanderstelt

Did you ever see the movie Back to the Future? At the end, the eccentric inventor Doc Brown comes back from the future to warn Marty McFly. The Delorean time machine comes flying out of the sky and lands in front of Marty’s home. Doc gets out and begins urging Marty to come with him back to the future: “It’s your kids, Marty. Something’s got to be done about your kids!” In the movie’s sequel, Doc takes Marty into the future to see what is going to happen so he can return to the present and raise his children differently.

He goes to the future so that he can live in the present in a whole new way. Jesus is doing a similar thing for us, except that the future world we are headed toward is better, not worse. Jesus is the future reality for all of us who have entrusted our lives to him. One day, we will be like him (1 John 3:2) and will live in a perfect world with him. In the present, he comes into our lives by his Spirit to give us a glimpse, a foretaste, of the future so that we will live differently today. As we trust and depend on him to work in us, he enables us to live the new and better life now.

— Jeff Vanderstelt, Saturate