"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creature; the old things passed away; behold,
new things have come" 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.
If you haven't trusted in Jesus, the Bible
says you are enemies of God; your sin separates you from his love. But
when you trust and follow Jesus, you are "in Christ." This
means you are reconciled, you've become a friend of God, and not only
a friend, but his child. And when this happens, the Bible
says that you become a new creature---a new creation. The word in the
Bible that describes this
change is the same word that describes the change that happens to a
caterpillar when it becomes a butterfly! This is why Christians use the symbol of the
butterfly to represent new
Today we will make butterflies to
remember that when we are in Christ, we are new creatures!
2 white, round, paper coffee filters, 1 black pipe cleaner, water color paint, paint brush, clean water.
Flatten the two coffee filters. Step 2: Scrunch the filters in the middle. Fan the outside edges. Step 3: Loop the pipe cleaner around the two coffee filters. Curl the ends to look like the antennas on a butterfly.
Step 4: Hold the butterfly with the pipe cleaner. Dip your paint brush into your water colors. Dab the paint onto your butterfly. (Butterflies are symmetrical in their coloring.)
Be careful not to let your colors get muddy. Keep your water clean! You may want to lightly wet the filter first, then apply the paint for a soft effect.
Allow the butterfly to dry.
You may want to hot glue your butterfly onto a hair clip and wear it in your hair, or onto a clothes pin with a magnet on the back, for your refrigerator. My daughter suggested using the butterfly on a wrapped
birthday present instead of a bow! You could even use it on your Christmas tree as an ornament
symbolizing new life in Jesus Christ!