Did Jesus have to die?
Why couldn't Jesus have lived into old age like the Buddha or Mohamed? I believe he could have, but I believe Christianity would have been different. I believe that for our faith to be the way it is, Jesus had to die. Executed at the high point of his ministry, the profundity of his message was emphasized. His victory over death was magnified. The failure to silence the Christ, even through execution has so shaped our faith that but for it, Christianity would be entirely different.
I do not believe, that Jesus was killed to satisfy a debt or fulfill a prophesy. I think it is a tragedy that Jesus was killed. But through that tragedy, a truth was revealed that may have remained hidden and through that tragedy we became stronger. More & Better from the BBC here.