Manning talks about the concept of the ‘present risenness’ of Jesus in his book, ‘Abba’s Child’. He suggests that ‘our hope is inextricably connected with the conscious awareness of present risenness’ and that
the resurrection needs to be experienced as present risenness. If we take seriously the word of the risen Christ [in Matt.28:20]…we should expect that He will be actively present in our lives.
It’s made me ask myself some important questions. Do I really believe in present risenness? Not just in principle but in practice? And what about when life is hard, when I’m busy, when I’m lonely, depressed, afraid or ready to give up on others…what difference does present risenness make to me?
Sometimes I wonder whether we forget that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power which is at work toward us who believe… That power, the power of Christ’s present risenness, is the power according to which God can do abundantly more than all we ask or think.
So the power of present risenness is not something to be trifled with. This is the power of God for all who believe: that we might be strengthened with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ – the risen Christ – might dwell in our hearts through faith. And where, it would seem from Ephesians, that the power of present risenness might end is glory for the Father – not only in his Son but also in you and me, the church.
What might it mean for you to be conscious of the present risenness of Jesus…of his promise to be with you always to the end of the age…of his indwelling of your heart by faith…of his strengthening of your inner being through his Spirit? I know that life overcomes my awareness of this. And yet this week, just that phrase ‘present risenness’ has been enough to keep reminding me of a very big truth.