“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.
“To live is Christ” is to live in the heart calming shalom of God. Christ has left his Peace with us and it is himself. His personal presence, the Spirit of Christ. A peace experienced as we trust all that Christ has said to us about himself and all that Christ has done for us on the cross. A shalom that we can now share with the world as we rise and walk the way of the cross.
“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 simply as the life of Jesus the gracious Shepherd King of our hearts.