I am in Mundelein listening to N.T. Wright at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. I will update this post with his ideas and themes as he makes good points.
The New Testament knows nothing a a vague going to heaven (as a reward)... Nor does the New Testament know of a vague kingdom (figuratively on earth)...
Heaven and earth were created as the interlocking hubs of God's whole creation
Romans 8 not about a disembodied non spatial eternity but about the remaking of Creation.
As John begins his gospel with words of Genesis 1 ... Jesus resurrection is the 8th day of God's creation.. the new creation being reborn... the coming together of heaven and Earth.
Space - Time - Matter each is to be renewed rather than abandoned.
The age to come was not a platonic a temporal final state .... but instead filled with time... God made time and plenty of it.... We have supposed that time is part of the problem.
Rather we should see TIME itself as being remade along with the new earth and new heaven.
The past in the passover is present again by obedience of God's call to the feast as those redeemed by the blood of the lamb.
If heaven and earth have really overlapped in Jesus and Jesus wanted that overlap to continue through this meal he bequeath to his followers it can only be realized through faith hope and love
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