Among other things, this verse tells two things:

(1)     Jesus(pbuh) was only a Rasul,
(2)     Rasuls before him have passed away.

Based on this,  we can interpret that since all Rasuls before Jesus(pbuh) passed away, he too will pass away.  Both you and I agree to this, but the question is when he will pass away?  I say he passed away after spending his normal life, you say that he is alive and eventually he will pass away when he will come back on the earth, revive Islam and so on.  It is important to understand the meaning of the words ‘passed away’. If you think ‘passed away’ do not mean ‘death’, then there must be other prophets who are alive.  You must specifically tell us which other prophet(s) before Jesus(pbuh) did not die and living at that time.  Since we know that all prophets before Jesus(pbuh) are dead, the use of words ‘passed away’ clearly means death.
If the above verse is not all convincing to you, let us explore another verse from Surah Ale Imran.  In the battle of Uhud, prophet Muhammad(pbuh), leading the Muslim army, fell down injured. A rumor spread that Prophet has been killed. The Muslims were in despair and brokenhearted.  At that moment, in order to instill confidence and boost morale of the Muslim army, a revelation came saying:

3:143 Muhammad is no more than a Rasul, surely the Rasuls before him have already passed away. If then he dies or be killed, will you turn upon your heels?…

Among other things, this verse tells two things:
(1)     Muhammad(pbuh) was only a Rasul,
(2)     Rasuls before him have passed away.

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