Mykhailo Mudryk’s butterfly neck tattoo is the newest in his collection – but what does it mean?

Mykhailo Mudryk has some of the most eye-catching tattoos in the Premier League.

But his body art isn’t just for show.

As a strong follower of Jesus, his tattoos have significant meanings often linked to his faith.

The Chelsea star’s latest tattoo is of a butterfly, and while he hasn’t publicly spoken about its meaning, it’s likely to be linked to his Christian beliefs.

How are butterflies linked with Christianity?

While the Bible doesn’t directly mention butterflies, their life cycle can serve as a powerful illustration of how believers are transformed through Jesus.

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Beginning as a caterpillar, the start of a butterflies life represents a Christian’s former self.

As the caterpillar enters the cocoon and undergoes a transformation, it symbolises the period in which Jesus starts to work on a believer’s heart.

Finally, the butterfly emerging is a depiction of a followers’ new self in Christ.

Through this process, believers are reborn as a new creation in Jesus just as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says:

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’

While not being confirmed, Mudryk’s butterfly tattoo could well be a representation of the transforming power of Jesus in his life.

What other faith tattoos does Mudryk have?

Arguably the Ukrainian’s most prominent tattoo appears on the other side of his neck, simply stating ‘Only Jesus’:

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This is likely pointing to Jesus’ teaching that salvation comes only through trusting in him.

John 14: 6 says: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

‘Dear God’ chest tattoo

On Mudryk’s chest, reads a tattoo that says: ‘Dear God, If today I lose my hope, please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams…’

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A perfect reminder that God has a plan for his people.

As Mudryk’s tattoo reveals, dreams are often fragile and easily shaken.

God’s ultimate plan for his people, however, is the promise of eternal life with him.

Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Cross hand tattoo

On his left hand, the 22-year-old has a tattoo of a cross:

The ultimate symbol of God’s love.

John 3: 16: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’

‘Thank you God’ finger tattoo

On his index finger, the Ukrainian winger has a tattoo saying ‘Thank you God’:

A reminder that God’s people have so much to be thankful for.

Psalm 106: 1: “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

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