50 This is what I’m saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood can’t inherit God’s kingdom. Something that rots can’t inherit something that doesn’t decay. 51 Listen, I’m telling you a secret: All of us won’t die, but we will all be changed— 52 in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the final trumpet. The trumpet will blast, and the dead will be raised with bodies that won’t decay, and we will be changed. 53 It’s necessary for this rotting body to be clothed with what can’t decay, and for the body that is dying to be clothed in what can’t die. 54 And when the rotting body has been clothed in what can’t decay, and the dying body has been clothed in what can’t die, then this statement in scripture will happen:
Death has been swallowed up by a victory.
55 Where is your victory, Death?
Where is your sting, Death?
(56 Death’s sting is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.) 57 Thanks be to God, who gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 As a result of all this, my loved brothers and sisters, you must stand firm, unshakable, excelling in the work of the Lord as always, because you know that your labor isn’t going to be for nothing in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:50-58, Common English Bible).
Throughout the history of the Christian faith, The butterfly has been a symbol of life after death and the resurrection. The remarkable transformation that takes place during the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly beautifully illustrates the promise found in I Corinthians 15:52: “The trumpet will blast, and the dead will be raised with bodies that won’t decay, and we will be changed.”
The caterpillar seems to die wrapped in its cocoon. Then the world seems to change when the caterpillar re-emerges, is resurrected, and it is changed! The caterpillar now has wings and as it becomes a beautiful butterfly.
Like the caterpillar to the butterfly, Jesus died. He went into the cocoon of the tomb and re-emerged, he rose. In this metamorphosis, the world was saved. The butterfly is a fitting symbol of the resurrection, of life after death.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With joy and thankfulness,
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