Day Twenty-Two: The Promise of New Life in Christ

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

When I first began in the ministry I worked at a church in Charlotte, NC as the Youth Minister.  One of the Easter activities this church did was a butterfly release.  About two weeks before Easter, each family was given a caterpillar. (We ordered them from Insect Lore:  www.insectlore.com).  The families took these caterpillars home in a small one-ounce cup with a little bit of food inside.  When it was time to begin the metamorphosis, the caterpillars would climb to the top of the cup and make their cocoon. When the families noticed it had made its full cocoon, they would then wait 1-2 days and transfer it to a bigger, more open container.  After 7-10 days, the cocoon would open and out would fly a beautiful butterfly.  Families would then bring their butterflies to church with them on Easter morning.  After the service, the congregation would go outside and watch as the families released their butterflies. It was a beautiful sight to watch so many butterflies all around us.  I always loved that special activity with the families.

The butterfly is one of the symbols of Easter.  The caterpillar represents Jesus’ life here on earth.  The cocoon it forms represents Jesus’ crucifixion, death and burial in the tomb.  The butterfly represents His resurrection and new body.  The butterfly goes through a metamorphosis or transformation into something new.  That’s what Jesus did and that’s exactly what happens to us when we know Jesus Christ as our Savior.

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are ridding ourselves of the life we have lived prior to this.  All the sins we have committed against the Lord, we bring before Him and ask His forgiveness.  We have chosen to believe in God, and in what Jesus did for us.  We no longer want to live the life we had before.  We want a new life.  And that’s what God promises for all who believe.

Just as the Bible verse from 2 Corinthians says, we know that God promises to give us new life in Jesus Christ (not only here on earth, but also in heaven).  When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, there is a new creation.  We are the new creation.  Our lives have been transformed!  Just as a butterfly changes it’s shape and body, we change our lives, our habits, our everyday actions, and become more like Christ.  We are making a conscious change in what we do on a daily basis.  We no longer want the old life.  It has passed away and God has made us new!

We also become a new creation when we pass from this life into eternity.  Gone is our old body and we are given new bodies.  It’s in heaven when we receive the physical transformation. And we will spend eternity with our Savior, Jesus.

Isn’t that amazing?

Thanks be to God for giving us new life in Jesus Christ!

Prayer: Creator God, You have given us a special gift in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  He died so that we could be made new.  Thank You for the promise of new life when we accept Jesus.  Help us to stay focused on You and You alone.  Remind us daily of You and may we see You in all that we do.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Journal

  1.  Have you ever watched the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly?  What amazes you about this process?
  2.  Have you gone back to some of your old habits?  Seek God for forgiveness asking Him to give you strength to keep your eyes on Him.
  3. What in your daily life helps remind you of the new life you have been given?

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