Somewhere within this 13 mile span, we lives an average of 70 years; 5 1/2 miles under and 7 1/2 miles above our potential. Life is indeed limited. And here we live, never more than 6 feet away from death. This is all that separates man from death, six feet of soil.
I don't imagine we can rightly call the 70 year lifespan life, when it is so close to death, and exists in the eclipsical shadow of eternity. No, the opposite of death is eternal life, which man has longed for since time began. Life, much like truth and the right way or path is a philosophical quality that has been pursued by every religion and philosophy. So, when Jesus came calling Himself the the way, truth, and life, He was claiming to be everything for which man was searching. John 14:6 "Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me."
You know how far you are from death already. How far are you from life at this very moment? What exactly is it that it would take for you to be truly alive? Just how far are you from eternal life? Two phonemes. Two syllables. You see, the distance is not in feet because Jesus came down from Heaven to Earth, was buried in the Earth, and rose to Heaven again. He traveled the distance, so we can find life here and now in Him. How far is life? The mere two inches your tongue would move to call out His name in prayer. How far away is my Mother? As far as my cellphone. How far away is Life? As far as His name...Jesus.