From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
—2 Corinthians 5:16-21
by: Paula Davis.
It is difficult to comprehend how a beautiful butterfly can come from a worm-like caterpillar. Oh, caterpillars are not all ugly, but they are confined to crawl around and limited to surroundings that are very common. Remarkably, when that caterpillar sheds its skin to reveal its chrysalis and goes through metamorphosis, it emerges as a new creature—a beautiful butterfly, free to spread its wings and leave the common behind. We experience a similar transformation when we accept Christ’s reconciliation. We are new creations in Him, becoming the righteousness of God.