Why did Jesus have to be crucified?
Jesus had to be crucified for several reasons: First, it was predicted in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures) that a suffering servant would come and bear our sins for us (see Isaiah 53).
Second, being crucified was normal for that time. It was the standard punishment. Jesus was treated and punished just like anyone in his time who was accused and offered no defense in court.
Third, Jesus died so that he, truly God and truly human, could defeat sin, death, and the power of the devil in our place – so that Jesus, the Christ, might be the Victor. May we celebrate this Easter season for seven weeks that Christ is the Victor (Christus Victor)!