As the Son of God, Jesus is eternal. He has always been, but there was a time in which he condescended and became a man on earth. This is called the incarnation. God became man and dwelt among us. But his life was not ordinary. Jesus did not grow up with dreams of a successful carpentry business, nor of having a wife and kids. Jesus was literally born on a mission to die.
This is what the cross was all about. Jesus took the wrath of God the Father upon himself; in the place of those who trust in him. While the Jewish leaders were to blame, and the Romans were to blame; the fact is that all of us are to blame. Our sin put him there. But by God’s amazing power, he did not stay there.
Jesus was buried and dead for three days, but on the third day he arose. Many people celebrate his resurrection at Easter; and indeed the resurrection of Christ is a major tenant of the faith. Not only does it show Jesus’s victory over death, it is also a reminder that we too shall come back from the grave and live forever. Christians need not fear death. For when we die our soul departs to glory; and one day our body will come forth out of the grave and join our soul. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Do you want to go from death to life? Before you can do this physically, you have to do this spiritually. The Bible teaches that we are all born “dead in our trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:3) and that we must be “born again” by the Spirit of God (see John 3:3). When we come to life in a spiritual sense, we repent of our sin and trust in Christ as Lord. We follow him in this life and live with him forever. Have you experienced this spiritual resurrection? Apart from the spiritual one, you won’t experience the physical one. Those who die apart from Christ will come out of the grave, but it will be a resurrection of judgment (see John 5).
You might be currently dead in a spiritual sense, and might come to life today. Or you might be spiritually and physically alive today and yet physically die tomorrow. Whatever scenario God has ordained for your week. Be prepared. Look to Christ and go from death to life to death to life again. And daily look to Christ as the only one who can accomplish any of it.