He lived to die
The reason the Lord Jesus came from heaven and lived as a man amongst His creation was that He might die. The human race stands guilty before God, and God’s justice demands our condemnation, but God’s love desires our salvation. How could the demands of God’s justice and the desire of His love both be met? The answer is the death of Christ.
The Lord Jesus came to be the great sacrifice for sin in fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies:
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:4-6).
His death on the cross wasn’t an unforeseen tragedy. It was the purpose for Him coming into the world. He lived to die.
He died to live
Christ entered into death to pay sin’s penalty. Because the demands of God’s justice were fully satisfied, death couldn’t hold Him, the grave couldn’t keep Him, and He rose, never to die again. He said:
“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:17-18).
He is on the other side of God’s judgment, and if you shelter in the one who died and rose, there is no judgment for you (Romans 8:1).
When we think of every other person in the history of the world, we can say they lived and died, but when we think of Jesus Christ, He is the only one of whom we can say He died and lives.