In Hebrews 2:14-15 we read, “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.”
Let’s examine the reason that people fear death. It is interesting that unsaved people do not fear God, as we learn from Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Yet they do fear death because, as we also see, they are aware that God exists and that one day they will have to give an account to Him. As 2 Corinthians 5:10 explains: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
We also read in Romans 1:32, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
However, the idea of facing God on Judgment Day is so unthinkable that man desperately attempts to suppress and ignore this truth – he desperately tries to forget about it altogether.
Indeed, death is a great enemy that only the Lord Jesus can destroy, according to 1 Corinthians 15:25-26, where we read of the Lord Jesus, “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”