He died so that we might live.
Jesus loves to forgive. He was very clear about this: anyone who decides to come home to God will find nothing except God’s outstretched arms welcoming them. But we know that forgiveness doesn’t come cheaply. Knowing this, Jesus offered God’s forgiveness to anyone and everyone because he was going to pay the price himself – through death on the cross. It was a death he chose so that we could be forgiven.
It was death by love. It was the death Jesus died to pay the price for the most expensive free gift ever offered.