“Let us believe, blessed brothers, according to the tradition of the apostles, that God the Word came down from heaven and entered into the holy Virgin Mary. Thus, receiving his flesh from her and taking a human (that is, rational) soul and becoming everything that man is, except for sin, he might save fallen man and confer immortality on all men who believe in his name.”Hippolytus, Aganist Noetus 17 ; PG 10, 826-27
Christ was a real man who died on the cross and rose from the dead. By taking flesh, He did more than just pay our debt; he gave us life So that whoever believes in Him shall not die but have a better life in this world and the one to come.
Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.p.87-88