The Gospel of the Butterfly
We are New Creations in Christ
The Gospel of the Butterfly illustrates the spiritual transformation of the new believer in Christ.
In the lower left corner, one sees what might be a harmless vine growing around the tree’s branch, but the vine grows into a chain of bondage, fear, repression and hopelessness.
The caterpillar, representing a low level of life, is called upwards by his Creator. Hunger motivates him to overcome the unknowns and to move forward in spite of his chain of bondage. Hunger drives the caterpillar beyond his very poor eyesight, and so the caterpillar’s climb is very much like our faith journey.
The cocoon – the tight place of dark wilderness, loss and powerlessness, is also a place of transformation. Just as the caterpillar emerges a magnificent butterfly, free to continue his ascent to the heavens, we too may be transformed into the likeness of Christ on the inside. And as we continue our faith journey, we grow into deeper and higher levels of freedom to emerge our authentic selves. We reflect Light and movement that is evidence and representation of Christ. The Gospel is about gaining freedom for Christ to live through me. He sets me free to be who I was created to be for His glory.
For me to live is Christ. Philippians 1:21
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17: (ESV)