“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14–15)
In Hebrews 2:14–15, there are four powerful truths that God wants everyone to understand about death and dying.
1. Death is of the devil. Death is the realm in which Satan exercises his authority over the human race. We received our sinful nature from Adam, and with sin comes death. While physical death is dreadful in itself, this passage is also talking about eternal death in which we are separated from God forever in a place the Bible calls hell.
2. The fear of death enslaves humanity. It dictates what we do, where we go, and even what we eat and don't eat. Because of the fear of death, some people will not fly on an airplane. Some people choose not to see a doctor because they fear a fatal diagnosis. Others immediately run to a doctor at the first sign of any illness because they fear a lethal disease.
3. Jesus Christ died to defeat death forever. Jesus Christ became a human in order to solve our problem of death. As the perfect, sinless Son of God He, took the punishment for our sins, and He died in our place as our substitute.
The third day He arose, victorious over death and the Devil. In so doing, He destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil. In other words, He rendered Satan powerless to forever control a Christian’s life through the fear of death.
4. Because He died, we no longer have to fear death. Christ made it possible to be set free from the power of death. How do we get that freedom? Jesus said that the person who believes in Him will never die (see John 11:25–26). The New Testament Greek phrase for believe in means “to trust.” God asks us to come to Him as sinners, recognize that Jesus died for us and rose again, and put our trust in Christ alone. The moment we do, God sets us free from the power of death and guarantees eternal life.