In Romans 1 we find the first mention of Paul's desire to make a journey and return to them.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you
For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. Romans 1:8-13
One especially significant phrase is where he says without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;. This is a case where God uses hyperbole, that is exaggeration, to give us a clue that there is a deeper meaning. It's exaggeration for Paul to say that he prays without ceasing, but if we see that this is Jesus speaking through him, it makes sense. This is because we know from Hebrews 7 that Jesus is always interceding for us at the Father's throne.
Wherefore he [Jesus] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
Now one of the things Jesus is praying for is His return. His request is that "I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you For I long to see you "
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