To “envision” Jesus is about:
- looking to the past (the cross and resurrection),
- through the lens of the Christian historical metanarrative, in order to
- better understand the present, and
- see the present anticipation of Jesus’ second coming (in question…).
Updated (February 4th, 2015):
The discussion involves better understanding the cross and resurrection as the climactic events that shaped the present age: of heaven and earth, and of new creation.
Once the past is better understood we can then “pivot” to the present and the future, through fresh lens.
Note that the best-practices resources (academic) to “envision” Jesus are mostly on the subject of Biblical interpretation.
Updated (May 4th, 2005):
The tutoring harmonises St Paul’s experience of persecution, and his use of the phrase “the gospel”, and his use of the language of revelation, in the historical context.