How many Christians are secretly dreading the return of Jesus? Because they haven’t grasped what “to live is Christ” really means. They don’t eagerly wait for Christ because they fear that he will return to deal with sin. Their sin.
Praise God! “To live is Christ” means no more sin management. No more wondering if we’re forgiven. No more keeping an account with God, because he does not keep an account with us. Once for all forgiveness! Every sin put away. There is no greater gift. There is no greater love.
“To live is Christ” means there’s nothing left to earn. Nothing left to do. No performance left to give. No right to make wrong. No guilt to overcome. No history to delete. Nothing to add-on. No more “ands” to get done today. Just Jesus. Just his love and forgiveness. Now that’s deliverance.
“To live is Christ” is worth repenting for. Turning to God through faith in Jesus is the wisest choice a person could ever make. Only union with Christ offers this beautiful triple blessing – sins blotted out, the refreshing presence of God, and the restoration of all things. You won’t find these three graces anywhere else. So stop looking everywhere else and turn to back to Jesus.
“To live is Christ” is to embrace the truth that we are the thief on the cross, we are the soldiers pounding the nails. But those two nails are the forgiveness and eternal life of Jesus Christ.
“To live is Christ” means that by our co-crucifixion with Jesus every individual sin has been dealt with forever. And by our co-resurrection with Jesus God’s indwelling infinite love and forgiveness remove the indwelling sin in our hearts as we deal with God according to his grace that has already dealt with all our sins.