Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Son of God, the conquering hero who will one day return with a legion of armies to vanquish sin and death once and for all, died on a cross between two criminals.
Death is such a looming fate, one that strikes fear and dread into the hearts and minds of us all. It just sits there, drawing closer each and every day, and there isn't really anything we can do about it. I always think it's strange when I hear about statistics of medicines that prevented death... but they don't really. They just delay it. We all die.
But Jesus understands death. He has been through it, and all of us who face death do so with the comfort of a Savior who knows the experience intimately. Jesus died, and because he was willing to die, you and I don't face death as a final end, but rather as a veil through which to pass into eternal life.
But know that death is not unique to us. The Savior of the world died, and because he did, we can live.