Imagine that this Mercedes-Benz prototype represents the future. Imagine it having a futuristic engine. Imagine that the engine operates on nitrogen, which comprises 78% of the air we breathe, an unlimited source of energy. Imagine the composition of the body of the car being composed, not of aluminum, iron, copper or steel, but graphene. Graphene is 200 times stronger than the strongest steel, incredibly light, and can conduct electricity. Current automobiles don’t last. Earth’s elements cause them to weaken. Even air causes them to corrode and eventually they become useless. This Mercedes-Benz would signal the end of all other vehicles because it’s indestructible. We would never need another kind of vehicle!
A prototype is the first of its kind, and its purpose is to bring something which will represent the future into the present. When Jesus was raised from the dead He was raised as a prototype, the first of His kind. Like the Mercedes-Benz prototype, Jesus’s body operates on a new kind of limitless life, from the Spirit of God…and it’s indestructible. Our bodies are currently corrupted. They become weak, decay, and die. That’s a shame because we were all made to exist eternally with God. We were made for God’s honor, says the apostle Paul. Paul claims Jesus’s resurrected body signals the end of the type of body we presently have. His resurrected body represents God’s glory and honor. And, because we believe in Jesus, we’ve been promised a body just like His for the future.
Yet, who would design a vehicle which represents the future of all automobiles without intending that that vehicle becomes produced for real? Likewise, why would God raise Jesus’s body from the dead if He had no intention of it being the future design for all of us who’ve believed? The answer is…God wouldn’t do that. God intends for us to each have a resurrected body that operates on limitless life and is indestructible. But for now, we live in bodies that are vulnerable to corruption. However, we live with a real hope.
Hope is what fuels us in the present. Hope is shaped by the reality of having seen the prototype of the resurrected Jesus, the King of the current world and the King of the world to come. Somehow God is working through us, through hope, to recreate what God originally intended for humanity. When we see Jesus’s life in the Gospels, healing, forgiving, teaching and reconciling the world to God again…we see the King of this world bringing hope as He brings the process of new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)