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.
Isn’t fear of death the most common fear, almost a universal fear? Isn’t it what drives people to desperate measures at times and consumes them at others? Ever since man sinned, death became a reality. Corruption entered creation. Sickness and disease are a part of life. Sinful actions lead to negative outcomes. Evil people hurt others. We are, in essence, trapped in this desperate situation.
But Jesus came. He put on flesh and blood. He became a man so He could face death head-on and conquer it once and for all. The devil has the power of death, but Jesus has the power of life, and life is always stronger than death. He conquers that one thing that leaves us paralyzed with fear and ultimately helpless. He gives us an opportunity to experience fullness of life instead. Death is one of the things that Jesus experienced Himself during His time in our world, and so He understands what it is to die, and He can set us free from that.
When we live in Christ, we are no longer subject to the bondage of death, the prospect of some eternal suffering, the knowledge of the end of life. Instead that is replaced with the hope of eternal life, the ultimate counter to death, because it cannot touch us when we have been born again through Christ and by His Spirit. The victory is already ours, and it is Christ’s work that sets us free completely.
Jesus undertook to go into enemy territory and gain the victory. He was willing to do so through any means necessary—namely taking on a robe of flesh, living as a human on an earth ruled by Satan. But He is all-powerful, and He overcomes that power that seems so powerful to us. Jesus has truly defeated death, and He sets us free from all of the fear associated with it, for when we have life in Him, there is no true death, but only the ending of our temporal life and the beginning of our eternal life.