The impact of the distinctive contribution Christ Jesus brought to mankind will be felt in human consciousness throughout time. He proved the full implication of man's sonship with God. He showed that true sonship originates in God.
It is natural for Christians everywhere to deepen and refresh their love for Jesus at Christmastime. They have an earnest desire to accord to him full credit for what he accomplished. Sometimes this sincere effort to recognize his unique place in history results in equating Jesus with God. To some it seems wholly inadequate to conceive of Jesus as simply a man. But to define Jesus as God would disguise the purpose of Jesus' presence on earth.
Jesus' life was not an illustration of how God could be manlike. Instead, his life afforded incontestable proof that man's true identity is Godlike. Jesus illustrated how each individual can realize himself to be the likeness of God. To define Jesus as God would misrepresent the nature of God, who is All, infinite Spirit.