Therefore, because children have a common flesh and blood, he himself also, in like manner, has shared in the same, so that through death, he might destroy him who held the dominion of death, that is, the devil, and so that he might free those who, through the fear of death, had been condemned to servitude throughout their entire life. For at no time did he take hold of the Angels, but instead he took hold of the offspring of Abraham. Therefore, it is fitting for him to be made similar to his brothers in all things, so that he might become a merciful and faithful High Priest before God, in order that he might bring forgiveness to the offenses of the people. For in as much as he himself has suffered and has been tempted, he also is able to assist those who are tempted.
Death Has No Hold on Us
We humans are all God’s children. And we have feared death because the devil has used lies and trickery to make us believe that death is the end of life.
However, Christ became human in order that, by his death and resurrection, he might take the power of fear away from the devil by exposing that lie. Death is not the end of life. It is only a doorway into eternal life for we who trust God as Abraham did.
We, your children, often fear the unknown and death has always been the greatest unknown. Thank you, Lord, that you have not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7) You have given us the assurance of a glorified life with you for all eternity. We will sing praises to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.