“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.” - 1 Peter 1:3-4 When God created the world, He planted the hope of the resurrection into the structure and make up of His creation. Everywhere we look, we see the pattern repeated, in multitudes of poetic and practical ways.
Before a seed is planted into the ground, that seed must die to become a new life.
And then the new life that emerges isn’t what was put into the ground. Not even close. A tiny, bare seed is buried in the earth and becomes a life giving plant, providing beauty or nourishment or protection. God give it a form that pleases Him and allows it to live a useful, abundant life.
You’ve often heard the analogy of the caterpillar. Does the creature wish it could fly when it is an earthbound creature with a slug like body and tiny legs? Does it know it has a destiny far more beautiful and adventurous than it can imagine?
One day that caterpillar crawls up the wall of a tree, exudes a little glue, and spins a chrysalis around itself, following an ancient pattern infused into its DNA. In time the chrysalis will shake and vibrate with convulsive movements until it breaks open. From within that cocoon, wings unfold to reveal beautiful colors or stripes. Soon the new creature emerges as a butterfly, ready to soar in the winds, over fields and fences, free to live to its full potential.
A metamorphosis has taken place, a change of body, a change of nature.
And that’s exactly what God does with us.
We are born again, new creatures in Christ, emerging from a long sleep to become beautiful new creatures growing in His love. Sometimes we grow slowly, learning the lessons He longs to teach us to help us live to our full potentials.
But we will be changed, and we will grow, for “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Jesus makes this process possible. He set the precedent by dying for us —and resurrecting! Through Him we experience hope, new life, beauty, and the love that will nourish and carry us through the end of our days and into eternity.
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
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