Ezekiel 18 gives hope. There is still time to repent. God will not refuse forgiveness to anyone who genuinely repents and each person will ultimately be judged according to their own decision to follow God or to go their own way. There is individual freedom and responsibility when it comes to salvation. Everyone dies physically in this life, and it was quite likely that some true believers died during the fall of Jerusalem and the judgment of Israel. But they would not die spiritually. And so Ezekiel pleads with them, and with us, that NOW is the day of salvation. Repent and believe today, do not delay!
Our NT passage also confirms that our spiritual lives are worth so much more than our physical lives. If we live with eternity in mind, our suffering or even death in this physical world is not in vain, and is worth the glory to come.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Ezekiel 20-21; John 12:27-50