Irony of the Wages of Sin

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

This passage is strange. I mean, strange in a kind of big picture way many Christian theologians interpret it. Something doesn’t make sense here.

I know Christians try interpret this ‘figuratively’ based on this “Now if we have died with Christ we believe that we shall also live with Him,¬†knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead…” (Romans 6:8-9) (figurative since we don’t really die – we just stop sinning).

The wages of sin is death. Jesus dies to pay for that penalty (wages). Jesus then resurrects – proving he shall live forever. You come along. You accept Jesus and are promised eternal life (because Jesus paid the price for sin – death). You stop sinning, as best you can, and you still die. Shouldn’t you not die? Didn’t Jesus eliminate the price for the curse of sin by dying?¬†

If it is figurative (as in not a literal death in which we identify with Jesus by) then why did Jesus have to die a literal death…and are we not paying the price for our sin by dying the same literal death?

The logic is strange to me. All things being equal – Sin – prior to and after meeting Jesus still results in the same thing – death. So what was removed exactly?