“To live is Christ” has made beholding God and his grace in Jesus not only our greatest good but also our greatest desire.
“To live is Christ” means there is nothing in this life that can make you closer to or farther from God in Christ.
“To live is Christ” means God himself is our joy and pleasure. Not his “blessings” for good behavior. But his presence by his grace. The indwelling presence of God in Christ as our path of life. This is far more than just avoiding death. This is abundant life. This is forever Love.
What is man? Who am I? Why would God care about me? Because “to live is Christ.”
This is the message of the psalms, this is the wisdom of God, this is “to live is Christ” – Blessed are all who take refuge IN HIM.
“To live is Christ” gives us a response to our suffering unlike any other. Not “such is life,” or “it could have been worse,” or “I just have to move on.” Our response in Christ is far greater – “For I know that my Redeemer lives and at last he will stand upon the earth.”