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The Best Illustration To Understand The Resurrection Of Jesus

I’m amazed at how God’s creation mimics the principles of his Kingdom. In this article I draw a phenomenon that occurs in nature as a means to understand the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thereafter, I share my thoughts on how this principle can be applied both literally and symbolically in our lives.

Romans 1:20 reads, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and the sky. Through what God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse of not knowing God.” What this verse implies is that the nature of God is inherent in all his creation. Every specie on earth, below and beyond has the nature of God. He expresses himself in all creation.

1. Illustrating The Resurrection

I draw the example from the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly as a means to understand the resurrection of Christ. The life-cycle is a four stage process:

  • Egg – the Mother caterpillar lays an egg which will later grow to become a caterpillar. Likewise, Jesus was born hear on earth.
  • Caterpillar – The Egg grows to become a caterpillar that lives solely on land. It’s able to crawl as a means of movement to attain food and get shelter. Similarly, Jesus grew physically to be come a man (Luke 2:52a), living for for 33 years here on earth. He walked across various regions preaching the gospel, healing the sick among other things.
  • Pupa – The caterpillar turns to a pupa which hangs on a tree branch, this is the transformative stage. A cocoon or case encloses the pupa where the transformation occurs. This marks the the death of the caterpillar. Similarly, Jesus body was hung on the tree (Acts 5:30) where he was crucified and died. His body was buried in a tomb for three days where his transformation to glory occurred.
  • Adult – The butterfly emerges, entirely metamorphosed with colorful wings that enables it to fly. It’s no longer bound on land like it was in its caterpillar state. Likewise Jesus resurrected from the dead metamorphosed into a different form (Mark 16:12). His body was no longer bound by space, time and gravity, he would appear in a locked room to be with his disciples (John 20:19). And finally, he ascended into heaven to be seated in honor at the right hand of the Father.

2. Literal Meaning Of The Resurrection

From a literal standpoint this principle can be applied to the church. The bible promises that we will undergo this metamorphosis. We are living on earth right now, when we die our bodies will be buried into the ground. 2 Corinthians 5:1 assures us this: “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.”

From this, one can now realize that death does not represent an end of life, but rather its an end of brokenness, weakness and fragility and the beginning of a glorious life of strength ( 1 Corinthians 15:43).

3. Symbolic Meaning of The Resurrection

From a symbolic point of view, this process represent the stages we go through on a journey to greatness. True transformation occurs in isolation. Moses had to go to the wilderness to become a leader who would usher the children of Israel from captivity. Joseph had to go to prison to become a prime minister in Egypt.

David had to be alone tending the flock to become victorious in the battle with Goliath and to ultimately become King of Israel.

Saul had to go blind for three days in order to receive divine revelation that would mark the beginning his ministry to the Gentiles as Paul the Apostle.

Likewise, Jesus had to go into the wilderness for 40 days fasting and being tested by the devil so that his ministry of the Good News of the Kingdom could take begin

From this we can realize that God is not bound by space and time, and therefore when he says something, it may not be evident in the physical realm. In other words, he would say to a caterpillar “you can fly”. Just like how he told Joseph in his dreams that his brothers will bow down to him. David was also anointed as King of Israel several years before he could finally sit on the throne.

When God sees us right now he sees us as his children. We may not look like it, or speak like it, but that is who we are because he has said so. What needs to happen is for us to go through the transformative process that will deem us his children both physically and spiritually.

4. Final Remark

Take time alone and reflect, ask God to tell you who you are and your life’s purpose Then, begin your journey traversing through the wilderness, fight the lions and all the beasts that come your way. When God’s destiny is set, nothing can deter it. If he can tell the crawling and wingless caterpillar it can fly, surely his prophetic words in our lives will come to pass because God is not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19).

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