Christ’s bodily absence in this time between his two advents is neither unproductive nor indefinite. He is right now doing something in heaven that is more important than anything that the church could conceive or do by its own clever machinations. And he has sent his Spirit to communicate the riches of his reign to a world in bondage to sin and death. It is that same Spirit who engenders within us the longing cry for Christ’s return.
Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 257