Read Matthew 28:1-15.
Devotion by: Harry Fukutani
I planted many flowering plants and the year of the butterfly is here! Hatching from a tiny, barely visible egg, the caterpillar lives and eats on one plant. Then, the creature finds a safe place to become a bright green chrysalis. After a few days go by, the chrysalis turns dark and black. It looks like the creature is no longer alive; a transformation is happening. Then, the shell that binds fractures and a creature with a new body emerges and is freed from its restriction. The shell is broken, abandoned, and discarded. A beautiful butterfly emerges, a new body no longer bound to earth. With delicate colorful wings it soars through the sky performing its joyous aerial ballet.
The resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of our faith. It is the completion of the one precious, perfect sacrifice that grants us our eternal life. Just as the caterpillar sheds its shell, we by the grace of God get to shed our binding sins and be freed as well. As Paul tells us in Colossians 3:1, we have been “raised with Christ.” In Romans 5:21, he also writes, “So that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” If God can transform a caterpillar in such a beautiful way, what has He in store for us, “his masterpiece” (Ephesians 2:10)? Our raised bodies will be incorruptible, glorified, powerful, and spiritual. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, our earthly minds are not quite capable of understanding what our heavenly bodies will be like, but I do know they will be glorious and wonderful. So, we have no need to contemplate too much as Paul tells us “whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:9). Glorify God, trust in Jesus, and grow your faith for there is a beautiful transformation waiting for all that do so.