“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” (Hebrews 2:14–15 NAS95)

In death (and subsequent resurrection) Christ Jesus rendered “powerless him who had the power of death.”  He made Satan powerless because he conquered death.  In the process Jesus freed “those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”

He accomplished dual purposes at the cross:  He destroyed the power of Satan, and he freed those who were enslaved by the fear of death.  They could now live in confidence that they would not die spiritually, and that physical death was only a step on the path to eternal life.  What power can death have when you understand that?

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