The man who can look death in the face and say “you are conquered” is the man who is now free to live. But to do so, that man must follow Christ to the grave. He must die to himself and his trite little idols of works and self-justifying salvation plans. He must die to placing God in the dock and on trial for being unfair or unjust. He must die to his own self-exalting or self-loathing for he must simply die to self. But the man who has died like that rises up and lives as though he will never die – for he never will (John 11:25-26).