Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Recreated At Dawn
The butterfly is one of the most amazing creatures crafted by the hand of God. Beginning from a small egg it becomes a somewhat unattractive worm with legs that does nothing more than eat. In time the caterpillar encases himself in a chrysalis before an incredible transformation takes place. What began in one form transforms into the beauty of a fragile butterfly. The thing that makes this whole process even more wonderful for the child of God is that in most cases this event happens a little before dawn and the lesson is profound.
Paul uses a phrase in Romans 12:2 that Christians are to transform themselves from the elements of the world to a new mind as living sacrifices to God. This metamorphism is very much like the creation of the butterfly. The image of the caterpillar is in stark contrast to the delicateness of a butterfly. There is beauty in the creative hand of God in the caterpillar but it does not radiate the picture of exquisiteness found in the butterfly. Our lives are likened to the caterpillar when we live for ourselves and our single intent in life is to devour whatever is in our way for our own pleasures. It is not until we have buried ourselves in the grace of God we can emerge as creatures filled with the beauty of God living within us. And all of this was made possible when another wonderful thing happened before dawn – Jesus rose from the dead.
It is comforting to see the hand of God in creation telling the Bible story. On the first day of the week very early Jesus came forth from the grave to offer to man the glory of His Father. We no longer are enslaved by the devouring pursuit of sin but set free to fly to the throne of God in the beauty of His spiritual creation. There can be no comparison to the former life. It is hard to believe that such a beautiful creature can emerge from a lowly creature like a worm. In Christ we have been transformed from a sinful creature to the glory of God. How wonderful that knowledge. The grace of God is so filling.
When you see butterflies remember what that means spiritually. The rainbow reminds us of God’s promises and the butterfly tells us the promise is true. Thank you Lord for your loving grace.
Grace is the germ of glory; it has the potencies of the beatific vision with it. (Fulton J. Sheen, Religion Without God, 1928)