From St. Athanasius . . .
(Athanasius speaks of all that Christ has done for us, that death not have dominion over us.)
This is the grace of the Lord, and these are the Lord's means of restoration for the children of men. For He suffered to prepare freedom from suffering for those who suffer in Him, He descended that He might raise us up, He took on Him the trial of being born, that we might love Him Who is unbegotten, He went down to corruption, that corruption might put on immortality, He became weak for us, that we might rise with power, He descended to death, that He might bestow on us immortality, and give life to the dead. Finally, He became man, that we who die as men might live again, and that death should no more reign over us; for the Apostolic word proclaims, 'Death shall not have the dominion over us.'
(from "The Festal Letters of Athanasius" Letter 10 [338 AD] §8
in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 4: Athanasius, p. 531)