The Butterfly Gospel

One tiny bug, Covid-19, has brought the entire world to a screeching halt. It has inflicted fear, pain, grief and anxiety on a grand level.

Today I sat on my lanai watching the butterflies in my backyard. They are so beautiful and colorful and airy. They are whimsical as they lite from one plant to the next enjoying the sweet flavors of the various flowers that are blooming.They haven’t a care in the world. They know nothing about corona-virus or quarantines or sheltering in place. They are free to fly here and there. Having made the choice to self-quarantine since we returned home from India, I find myself wishing I was a butterfly.

There are 28,000 species of butterflies in the world. The Bible does not say anything specific about them, yet this tiny creature has been viewed by Christians as a symbol of hope and resurrection. With Easter just a few weeks away,  we can turn our hearts to the lesson of the butterfly. It begins as a worm, hibernates in a cocoon and emerges as a magnificent insect. It is truly a masterpiece of God’s creation! It is a reminder of what Christ did for us:

Psalm 22:6: But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.

Acts 13:29: When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

John 11:25-26:  I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?

The life giving story of the Gospel is wrapped up in the small life of the butterfly, and it is offered to each human being who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Covid -19 will pass away but God’s promise of Eternal Life will never die.

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

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