Butterfly as a Christian Symbol



The butterfly has long been a Christian symbol of resurrection, for it disappears into a cocoon and appears dead, but emerges later far more beautiful and powerful than before.

As a symbol of Christ's resurrection after three days in the grave, the butterfly is seen especially around Easter. But the butterfly is also a symbol of every Christian's hope of resurrection from the dead.

Related Bible Verses

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 dishonor, 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. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52b)




References

  1. Color illustration by Walter E. Gast.
  2. Patricia S. Klein, Worship without Words: The Signs and Symbols of Our Faith (2000).
  3. Carolle E. Whittenmore, ed., Symbols of the Church.
  4. George Wells Ferguson, Signs & Symbols in Christian Art.
  5. Frederick Rest, Our Christian Symbols.
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