Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The above scripture in Hebrews simply summarizes the whole mission of Christ on earth. Right from the fall of man in the garden of Eden and consequential effect of the fall being death, reign from Adam to all mankind. Sin was the cause of the fall, the devil is the author and orchestrator of the sin. Since the fall, the devil has used the tool of sin and death to cause torment and final ruin of mankind.
The life of man became terminated by death, thereafter judgment and sentence into hell fire. The thought of this is scary and tormenting. Every man is scared to die because of the fear of what lies beyond the death, the fear of the burning lake of fire that is never consumed, the fear of eternal damnation and the fear of everlasting sorrow. Man inherited the sinful nature and our lives became synonymous with sin, even though we are afraid to die, with the sinful nature we cannot but sin so death became inevitable as it is written ‘the wages of sin is death’. So death became a dread and man has since being held captive by this fear.
We are in a season when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Which means Christ actually died according to prophesies in Isaiah 53:1-12. To him death was not a terminal end but a means to an end, a pathway into a new resurrected life called eternal life. He died to live forevermore contrary to the plan of the devil 1Corinthians 2:8. How did he do this and what made his own death different from the terminal death the devil intended is the question that we need to answer so that we can also be delivered from the fear of death instituted by the devil.
Since it is the mission of the messiah to come and rescue men from sin and death, then it became necessary that he should come as a man who is made of flesh and blood and has the ability to sin and die. Thus He who was God with God became man with men that he might save men. He couldn’t have come as an angel since it was impossible for angels to die. So Christ came as man, walked the face of this earth and was subject to the same temptation as we are but yet without sin. He was tempted of the devil and he prevailed and by this he conquered sin in his body and destroyed the stronghold of sin in the human nature. He did what no man could do, abolishing sin in the flesh. Though he had no sin, he was accused wrongly and was sentenced to death by Pontus Pilate, he was humiliated, the Son of God was beaten and shamed. He was nailed to the cross and he died like a sinner. The devil at this point rejoiced thinking once again another man’s life has been terminated by death but if he had known that this was the original plan of God for Christ to die so that he can destroy death in the body, perhaps he would not have allowed him to die.
By the reason of his death, he made atonement for sin, and receiving the power to rise up from the dead, rendered useless and ineffective, all the operations and the tools of sin and death in the possession of the devil who had the power or influence, to bring death into the world; so that death, which was intended by him from the beginning to be the final ruin of man, became the pathway to eternal life; thus the death brought in by Satan is counter worked and rendered ineffectual by the death and resurrection of Christ. By this man is no longer afraid to die, knowing that there is a better life after death called eternal life.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
It is however important to know that this new life in Christ Jesus is available to all but not all have it, it is reserved for the prerogative of all that chose to bring themselves under the authority of Christ by believing and accepting his lordship. According to John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The eternal life starts from here; it means life as God would have it.
As a believer you are crucified with Christ the day you confessed him as your lord and savior, so you die with him and therefore have resurrected into a new life and since it is appointed that man should die once, you will not die again but live forevermore. Yes your body may perish after a while but the real you; your soul does not die but lives for evermore giving you the victory over death forever! Let me hear you shout hallelujah!
For Further Study:
Revelation 1:18,Romans 8:38-39
Questions for Reflection:
- Would the constant fear of death enable you live a fulfilled life?
- Do you believe that Christ has indeed washed away your sins and you now have victory over death?
I have victory over death, I am alive in Christ!