“To live is Christ” is to have the One who IS our peace. This is not a peace you must earn or achieve, for that would bring no peace at all. It is a peace that is freely given as the life of Jesus the gracious Shepherd King of our hearts.
“To live is Christ” gives us the peace of Christ as the new rule of our hearts. Because peace had the final say on the cross of Christ, peace will always have the final say in your crucified life. When everything around us demands conflict, stress, and despair, the King of our hearts reminds us that everything is under his command. You’re not failing, you’re flourishing. You’re not alone, you’re in Christ. You’re never defeated, never without hope and forever loved.
“To live is Christ” is to stand firm in the life altering hope of his glorious return for us one day. A future hope that allows us to respond to our present reality with all faith, hope, love, joy, and peace.
“To live is Christ” means we are justified by God’s grace. Which in turn means we have peace with God, access into grace, the hope of glory, and even joy in suffering.
“To live is Christ” is made possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is the giver of Christ’s peace, love, and joy to all who are in Christ by faith.
“To live is Christ” means our lives are joined to the conquering, victorious, Savior-King of our souls. Jesus is exactly what we need. Not a helper, not a partner, not a coach, not a boost to get us over the hump. No, he’s our overcomer. Which means winning only comes when we first admit that we are losers. Victory only comes when we are overcome by his grace. Peace is found in a person. And it’s not you.