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Coptic Orthodox Church
Sins and death
edited April 2014
Jesus died for our sins. But why do humans have to die now that Jesus has already saved us?
If we are promised a resurrection, then there is logically a death. If we are not supposed to die anymore because of Christ, then push the line a bit further, and you could say we are not supposed to hunger, or thirst, or feel cold, or feel hot, or feel gravity, etc. But the fact is, Christ became all blameless human experiences, so that when we experience them, we do not curse the flesh of death, but glorify the deified flesh in Christ. This includes blameless human death.
Death is no longer a punishment, but a source of salvation when done in Christ. We partake of the death that Christ underwent, not the death of punishment and of sin. Man undergoes what Christ went through. He destroyed death by rising from the dead, and we too will die and rise from the dead afterwards. It's not a replacement of our death, but a communion with our mortality, rendering death powerless over the spiritual progress of our lives.
Christ died for sins, yes! But Christ died! What makes man exempt from death when God Himself took upon Himself the same death? The difference is Christ never sinned, since He is God, the antithesis of sin, or more accurately it is sin that is the antithesis of God. Therefore, all things God became for man and underwent became a salvific point in man, not a result of sin no more, and made Himself a sin offering on behalf of all mankind, past, present, and future.
And death is not the end of man, but man is given the hope to rise from the dead.
edited April 2014
It's also important to note that the hymn "Xristos Anesti" says that Christ "conquered death by death". Thus, we too in Christ must also destroy death with death. Paradoxically, Christ's death is a life-giving death. So we too partake of the life-giving death of Christ, and eventually the resurrection.