Jesus Christ died the death that mankind deserves because of sin, suffering not just the physical agony of hanging on the cross; but more importantly, suffering the eternal agony of the extreme punishment and torment of hell itself, crying out the Father, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani; that is, My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). The punishment and torment that would only produce from us cursing and further rejection of God produced blessing and reconciliation by Christ’s death on the cross. He died the death that we deserved to die so that by His death, we might be loosed from the pains of death, since God raised up Jesus from the grave, not only releasing the Son of God from grasp of death, but also giving Him the “keys to Hades and death” (Revelation 1:18).
By overcoming death, death is now a defeated enemy, death itself and “him who had the power of death, the Devil” (Hebrews 2:14) for all who are in Christ by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. This is the assurance the believer has; he no longer needs to fear death but rather rejoice in life that is in Christ. His victory over death is our victory so that we might know with a sure knowledge that because He is the resurrection and life for all who believe in Him, though we may die that we will not die eternally in the torment of hell, but will live with resurrection bodies in eternity with Jesus Christ to the glory of God (John 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57).
Soli Deo Gloria!