Risen in Us

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live,
you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
John 14:18-20 ESV
Christ is risen, and is not only at the right hand of God the Father, but is also, by virtue of what began at Pentecost, risen in us. [1]
We who have often recited the Apostles’ Creed may have a heart-picture of Jesus with the Father in heaven.  Unfortunately, our hearts may therefore see Him as being far from us, for we are certainly aware that we are not in heaven.  The awesome secret of the Christian life is that He is so very near, nearer than we are to ourselves.  I am not orphaned; you are not orphaned.  “Another lives in me.”  We need to continually speak this truth to our souls, and to other needy souls we meet.  The full, resurrection power of Almighty God is available right here in the core of my being.  The One who has been to the grave and rose from it uncorrupted is present to share His all with us.  We know it’s true, but we need to know it more deeply and more of the time.  Christ is risen!  He is risen in me, He is risen in you!
Thank You Jesus.  Thank You for Your perfect obedience, even unto death on a cross.  Thank you for keeping Your promise to come to us.  Thank You for being so near, even risen in me.  I ask You now for an increasing gift of faith to lay hold of this wonderful truth and to live it ever more fully.  You are the center of my life.  You are the center of my being.  I praise Your holy name.
[1] Leanne Payne, Real Presence (Grand Rapids, Hamewith Books, 1995), p. 37.
Painting:  G. Azzolino, 1572 – 1645, The Ascension. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Meditation prepared by Sarah Colyn, drawing on the books and ministry of Leanne Payne