“If I get home late and my wife leaves me a message saying, ‘Your dinner is in the oven,’ that doesn’t mean she expects me to get into the oven to eat my dinner. It means it’s ready and waiting, and when the time comes I can get it out and eat it at the table in the ordinary way. Our problem here, compounded by the radical misreading of the phrase kingdom of heaven to mean a place where God’s people go after their death.” (N.T. Wright)
The Kingdom of Heaven is a reality beyond our own time, space reality and understanding. It crashes into our world, it will be fully manifested with the Second Coming of Jesus, but it is not a place to ascend to, it is a glory to become.
N. T. Wright complements, “in John 14, Jesus says that there are many dwelling places in his father’s house, and that he’s going to prepare a place for his followers. The Greek word for ‘dwelling places’ here is monai , the plural of monē; and if you look up monē in a Greek lexicon you’ll find that it doesn’t mean ‘dwelling places’ as in ‘a home where you go and live forever,’ but rather a lodging house, a place to stay awhile and rest and be refreshed until it’s time to continue on your journey.”