Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
The symbolism of the butterfly simply portrays a death then life.
The cycle of the butterfly in and of itself holds spiritual teaching and insight. Birthed from an egg the butterfly lives it’s early life as a caterpillar. It then retreats within the pupa or cocoon where it undergoes a transformation, and finally when it leaves the cocoon it is reborn as a beautiful winged butterfly.
This transition and miraculous transformation from a caterpillar, one subjecting, isolating, and hiding itself in a cocoon dying to the old way and emerging into a majestic and colorful butterfly is just another expression in creation of God’s heart for humanity. His heart bridging the gap of our separation because of sin into a restored relationship by giving and providing newness of life in a rebirth through the death and resurrected body of his son, Jesus Christ.
The butterfly emergence per se is a visual reminder of a resurrection, the removal of an old existence for the caterpillar to expounding into what the butterfly (and the human race) was originally created to be, freed to fly (be who we were first meant to be in Christ – a life fully reconciled with Almighty God).
If the caterpillar remained in its old way or if humanity remains flawed due to sin and unreconciled to its Maker… the choice does and will prove to be fatal. A final death. Death not transformational into eternal life but representational of a life not freed to live life in true freedom. We can learn much from the caterpillar by making the choice to be transformed. Believe me, it’s worth it.
The butterfly symbolizes an eternal transformation and real joy. Its dance reflects freedom, a completed restorative perfect healing. This too speaks about a movement required in our own lives, a lesson for humanity to heed: a surrendering into moving from death to life in conjunction with TRUTH as expressed in the Bible, the sole heart and love letter from Almighty God.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. – John 3:16-17