25th December 2010
“And we…are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV UK)
So what is celebrating the birth of Christ all about?
Is it to remind us that we should be nice to one another and show some kindness to those less fortunate than ourselves? Is it about our becoming better people so the world can be a better place?
Actually no, it’s not. CS Lewis, who penned the Narnia stories, also wrote a book called Mere Christianity. In it he proposed, “God became man to turn creatures into sons; not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.” Jesus is the forerunner of this new kind of human being.
CS Lewis refers to these changed believers as “little Christs”. Paul told the Corinthians that we are being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. The birth of Christ is about how God entered our humanity in order to save us from ourselves, and celebrating his birth involves our being changed into his image in order to continue the work of salvation.
This season is not just about enjoying ourselves and being nice to one another. It is so much more. It is a wake-up call. It is telling us not to rest on our laurels but to be like Jesus—to enter the world with the message of hope and salvation.
Have a transformational Christmas.
Father, help us as we are transformed into the image of Jesus. Use us to announce the good news of his kingdom. In Jesus’ name.
Study by James Henderson
(Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis, 50th anniversary edition, is published by HarperColllins Publishers)