“To live is Christ” means we have the mighty rushing wind of God’s Spirit in us. But the incarnation tells us that that mighty whirlwind is now the simple breath of a baby. The Spirit that separated seas and rushed in and out of temples is now swaddled in the manger of our hearts. God’s presence now found in the welcoming grace of baby. The power of our union with Christ now found in the humble faith of a child.
“To live is Christ” is possible because the Word became flesh. Now it is this great paradox of the incarnation – majesty becoming mediocre, glory becoming grace, the sovereign becoming the slave, the high and exalted being humbled – that is our life’s course. Living sacrificially as the Word becomes flesh in every act of love of his church.
Now there is shining into our hearts an eternal hope in his eternal goodness and grace. Now there is the light of love.
“To live is Christ” means that Jesus is far more than our example for how to live. He IS our life. We are made alive by our union with his life and we live from our union with his life. This is abundant life, for it is the life of grace and freedom. No longer must we figure life out. No longer must we self-actualize. No. Life has been lived for us by Jesus, and now it is lived through us by Jesus. And together with Jesus we will live in love forever.
“To live is Christ” is “to live is the Trinity.” It is only by the overflowing love of the Trinity for each other that we are loved, saved, and joined by faith into the very life of God. Praise him!
In Christ we have not only the written word, we have the life giving power of the Living Word.