Three primary questions followed by a lengthy explanation and clarification of my questions.
#1) If Jesus defeated death then why do we still have to die via Baptism?
#2) If Baptism is our personal death and resurrection into the new life, then why do we still have to die physically someday?
#3) If Jesus defeated death, then how is death still the final enemy and why does it still affect us?
I don't understand it. I do understand that death and mortality were introduced to humanity after the Fall. The reason being that Theosis became impossible as sin--more specific, the human nature which was polluted by sinful cravings--acted as a barrier between humankind and godliness. As a result, death was unfortunately the consequence of this tragic event--since godliness is the only source of Life, and since godliness became impossible for us to achieve after the Fall, Life itself--which is only found in godliness--also became separated from us and impossible to attain. Thus, the only alternative was Death.
However, not all was lost. Even in these unfortunate circumstances, death was not entirely bad--because in a strange way, God was able to use it to our mercy. Death was merciful because it ended all of our potential to sin and even further tarnish ourselves. We went to the 'Place of the Dead' where we would no longer sin and harm ourselves, and we waited there until God enacted His master plan.
The Incarnation, Crucifixion & Resurrection were the solutions to this problem. God--being merciful and loving to us--would NOT allow us to remain under the dominion of death forever. He is not the god of the dead but the God of the living. The time had finally arrived and it was now time for death to (no pun intended) meet its death. God made Theosis/Deification possible again through the Incarnation--that is, by assuming flesh and thus redeeming the human nature just as Adam tarnished it. Then, he went on to face death itself during His Crucifixion, and finally, at His Resurrection He destroyed death itself and opened all of the graves.
But why does it not seem so? If Jesus defeated death then would not it logically follow that we do not have to die anymore? On second thought, I have considered the possibility that maybe Jesus did not die so that we would not have to die, but died so that the affects of our death would be positive opposed to the negative sting that death used to carry. For example, instead of having to wait around in the place of the dead forever, we can be with God and the Saints and assume our Deification.
The death that we have to face is our Baptism. Ironically, Baptism is our own personal death of death. Through Baptism, our deathful (if that is even a word) state dies, and we then enter into a new state of life in Christ, with Christ and all of the Saints.
But that still leaves one final question that I do not understand; why do we still face a physical death if Baptism was our death and if Jesus defeated death? All of us are still going to physically kick the bucket someday. Unless of course, the Second Coming occures sometime in our lifetimes. But what are the odds of that? And how about the people who have died after Jesus' Resurrection but before the Second Coming? Like my miscarried sister, members of our family, the Saints, Apostles etc, Big Pun, President Kennedy etc? Why did they all still have to die? Many of these people I listed as examples were even Baptised, so why did they all still have to die a physical death? Why are we (Most likely) going to have to die a physical death if we were Baptised, which--I had always thought--was precisely our death and Resurrection?