“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.
So read Psalm 51 and cry out “Thank you blessed Trinity!” Thank you for your abundant mercy in Christ that has restored to me the joy of my salvation, and upheld me with a willing spirit. Thank you for creating in me a forever clean heart. Thank you for eternal life. Thank you for “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” means we never have to carry the weight of our own sins again. There is no more need for a scapegoat. Jesus has carried away our sins once for all time. And now there is no need for “scapegoating.” No need to shift our blame onto others, for Christ has shifted his righteousness onto us.
“To live is Christ” is not a promise that God will prevent evil in our lives. But it is a promise that God will weave that evil into something beautiful in you. And that beauty is Christ himself.
(Here’s something I wrote for my church. We will return to Exodus tomorrow). As most of you from Grace are aware we spent the summer