Illustration on Being Born Again: Bulfrogs and Butterflies

The illustration of the Bullfrogs & Butterflies – What Is Meant By the Term “Born Again”? provides us a great illustration in nature of what it means to be a born again Christian. It takes a transformation, a “new birth” to bring about what God wants us to be. We must be born again. If a caterpillar never enters the cocoon or the tadpoles never goes through its change, they will never become bullfrogs or butterflies. Enjoy the sermon illustration of “Bullfrogs & Butterflies” below.


Nicodemus Ask Jesus About Being Born Again

Jesus and Nicodemus

Bullfrogs & Butterflies – What Is Meant By the Term “Born Again”?

A few years ago, I was working in children’s church on a Sunday night. Paul, the praise and worship leader, had us sing a catchy little song with a very profound message. The song was called “Bullfrogs and Butterflies.” The lyrics for “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” are as follows:

CHORUS: “Bullfrogs & butterflies We’ve both been born again!” (x 4).

“Old tadpole in a fishing hole, He couldn’t croak or jump to save his soul. But then one day, here’s the funniest thing Why he started growing, turning green! He jumped up on a Lilly-pad And he’s croaking out a song, Gave it all he had! He’s singing…” CHORUS

“A little caterpillar on a blade of grass. She noticing the days are going by so fast. She a lovely little lady, She’s looking for a room, Shes weaving and spinning out a fine cocoon, Why it didn’t take long ’til she saw the sky Spread your wings you butterfly!” CHORUS

The theme of the song is that both bullfrogs and butterflies undergo a dramatic transformation. The bullfrog starts out as a tadpole, the butterfly as a caterpillar. It takes this transformation, i.e. “New Birth” to bring them into what God wants them to be. If the caterpillar never enters the cocoon, or the tadpoles never goes through its change, they will never become bullfrogs or butterflies.

This concept is at the very core of Jesus’ teaching. In John 3:3 Jesus says “…I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is Born Again (anew, from above,) he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the Kingdom of God.” (Amplified Bible)

These are strong words from the lips of Jesus. It is especially amazing when you consider who Jesus was saying this to. He wasn’t talking to a person that many people would consider to be a sinner. He was talking to Nicodemus, a very devout, highly respected religious leader. This is a powerful illustration of the fact that being devout, sincere, and religious are not enough. All of these things are important, but they will never save anyone. In spite of his piety, Nicodemus was still a lost man.

What is this “New Birth?” It is the wonderful, dramatic transformation done in a person’s life when they surrender their life to Jesus Christ. When you receive it, your sins are forgiven ( Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:7,9,) you are adopted into the family of God(Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:5,) you become a totally new creation, renewed in righteousness and true holiness (2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Ephesians 4:24,)and you receive eternal life,to live with God forever! (John 3:14-21) It is a gift of God. Being a gift, it obviously cannot be earned. It is given to us solely by the grace and love of God.(Ephesians 2:8-9)

The New Birth is not a “”religion.” This is vitally important. Religion is man’s attempt to reach God. In the person of Jesus, we see just the opposite. We see God lovingly reaching out to man, loving us in spite of our sin, and willing to pay the ultimate price in order to have a relationship with us. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only begotten (unique) Son so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”(John 3:16, Amplified Bible)


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