The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is absolutely amazing.
Starting from an egg, the caterpillar grows, traveling on feet, and feeding on the green leaves and early buds of flowers. Then it eventually secures itself to a safe place and forms a chrysalis. Eventually the chrysalis opens to reveal a butterfly, that now travels by flight and feeds off the nectar of the very same plants in which the caterpillar ate leaves off of.
The process that happens in the chrysalis is nothing short of miraculous. The chrysalis is made up of the external skin of the caterpillar. It shrinks itself up into this tiny pod and the skin hardens. Inside, the rest of the caterpillar completely liquefies and it completely restructures into a butterfly, a new body.
This new body is completely different, it functions differently, it has a new purpose. A new life is born.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ becomes a new person. The old is life is gone, a new life has begun.
What is fascinating is that scientists have been able to confirm that despite this complete liquefaction of the caterpillar, the butterfly will retain all of the memories of the caterpillar it once was. It hasn’t forgotten the old life, the lessons it learned, the experiences it had. Scientists have even proven that some memories are passed through DNA to future generations. It is why butterflies know what flowers to feed from, what path to migrate, etc.
However, in it’s new form the Butterfly will live a new life, a different life.
When we give our lives to Christ, we too become a new creation. We shed the skin of our past, even though we remember those days and experiences. But, like the butterfly, we have been given a new purpose.