We often think of the new year as a chance to begin again. We ask ourselves, “Who and what do I want to become?” Thinner? Better read? More productive? Our goals for self-improvement can go on and on.
But it’s really at Christmas this question was first answered. God’s answer to our question “Who and what do I want to become?” is always and simply: “like Jesus”.
“Christmas is about a God who not only reveals Himself to us but also reveals what we should become—people of love, people of peace, people of hope, people who at this time of history need to shout loud and clear.”
In Jesus, God has revealed who and what we all should seek to become. Ephesians 4:13 says that the goal of our discipleship is that we “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
So it’s at Christmastime that we celebrate the birth of not only the Son of God, but the prototypical human, the second Adam (see 1 Corinthians 15), the One the Father wants us all, in a mysterious though real sense, to become.
There’s nothing wrong with becoming thinner, better read, or more productive in the next year. I hope to be all three. :) However, even if I lose all the pounds, read all the books, and execute all the tasks I possibly can, if I haven’t become more like Jesus in the next year, I have missed the point, and the message, of Christmas.