N.T. Wright on Jesus’ “Appearance”

And when the one who was now in heaven finally appeared, revealing his royal presence, this was not to be thought of in terms of his making a long journey from a far country. It would be more like drawing back a previously unnoticed curtain to reveal what had been there all along….Our citizenship, Paul says, is in heaven, and from there we await the Saviour, the Lord, Jesus the King – which means, despite many misreadings, not that we will in the end go off to heaven, but that the one who is presently in heaven will come back and transform the earth, where we have lived as a colonial outpost of heaven waiting for that day.
– N.T. Wright, Paul in Fresh Perspective

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