Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30 NIV
The world views death as failure. We grow old, our bodies get tired, sick and worn out, and when they can no longer function, we die. When a person dies they cannot achieve anything else in this world and they leave nothing but a memory and a legacy – whether that be good or bad. Those who are the fittest, strongest and cleverest, healthiest are viewed as successful in the world, and those who live long and healthy lives are said to have “done well”. People aspire to live for as long as they can, and billions of pounds are spent every year on methods of extending and preserving life.