23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of theLord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
Our youngest son, Seth, is a strong feeler. The other day we were driving in town, and he was looking closely at the skin on the back of my hand. Then he was contrasting it with the skin on the back of his hand. All of a sudden, he started to tear up. I was pretty sure I knew why he was tearing up, but I wanted to hear his heart, so I asked him what he was thinking. This caused him to go into a full cry. In the midst of sobs, he told me, “You are getting old, you are dying.” He’s right. I am withering like the grass. Lord willing, I still have many decades in front of me, but each decade will bring more and more withering.
But the hope—the deep and abiding hope—is because of God’s good news, because Jesus died in our place and rose again, we can be born again, even while we are withering. And being born again means that though we wither, we will one day rise again with Jesus. We will one day have glorified bodies. Because the word of the Lord remains forever, and because that word is believed in our hearts, we too will remain forever.