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Glorious Transformation

by Donald Geddes — last modified Sep 06, 2015 04:09 PM
The beautiful Ulysses butterfly is a marvel of creation which can teach us two important lessons.

On my recent holiday in Cairns I visited the Kuranda  Butterfly Sanctuary and observed many colourful butterflies including the vibrant blue Ulysses.

In the Butterfly Sanctuary breeding lab. I also saw the dull green caterpillar from which the Ulysses emerges. That such a beautiful creature could come from such a dull grub is truly amazing and a pointer to the wonder of God’s creation.

But there was something else I learned about the Ulysses.

When it rests on a branch or twig, it will fold its wings to hide the brilliant blue. The underside of its wings is a dull brown which makes it almost impossible to see. This provides protection from predators.

The Bible tells us that Christians, like the Ulysses butterfly, are transformed into something which is glorious. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Philippians 3:20-21).

Christians are ‘in Christ’ and so share in His glory as Ephesians 1:5-6 states: God predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

We do not see the fullness of this glory here on earth because our wings, as it were, are folded by the sinful nature of our earthly body. But nevertheless the glory is there to be revealed one day.

The disciples Peter, James and John had a glimpse of this on the Mount of Transfiguration where they were all alone. There he [Jesus] was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. It was as if Jesus’ wings were spread and they saw Him in all His glory.

The Butterfly caterpillar turns into a chrysalis — a drab, withered cocoon from which will emerge the butterfly. So too with us. One day when our life on earth comes to an end we will leave behind the chrysalis of our tired and withered body to emerge in the glory of our heavenly body.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44 says:
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.
The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory;
it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 
it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

In that moment when we cross from time into eternity, we will be transformed into a glorious, perfect spiritual body. We will no longer know suffering, pain, sorrow and weakness. On that day we will spread our wings and display a glorious body which will reflect the glory of Christ.

Isn’t that wonderful!