Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:14-16)
We see that Jesus came to destroy the devil whose trump card is death. He used people’s fear of death to keep them in bondage. Jesus came to free them from that bondage. How did He do it? By sharing the Gospel message that, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16, 17).
Jesus tasted death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9) and “having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God (Romans 6:9, 10).
Jesus, by destroying death our last enemy, makes it possible to overcome it by dying to sin and living for Him. Those who die in Him will be raised to everlasting life. The author of death and death itself will be cast into the fire. Death is nothing to fear. It has no power over those who are saved. Come resurrection day, the dead in Christ will come forth from their graves.
We have this assurance, He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces (Isaiah 25:8). Death will lose its sting and its power. And when Jesus returns, we who look eagerly for Him, shall say in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (verse 9)