Jesus did not die because God needed Jesus to die.
Jesus did not die because God wanted Jesus to die.
God neither needed nor wanted Jesus to die.
God neither needs nor wants anyone to die.
God wants everyone to live. God wanted Jesus to live.
Jesus died because Rome and Jerusalem wanted Jesus to die.
God was not prepared to prevent Jesus’ death by destroying Rome and Jerusalem because God “so loved” Rome and Jerusalem. So God did not intervene, because God’s love is fundamental to God’s nature.
And so Jesus died.
Because Jesus died he (and God) showed the depths of God’s love for Rome and Jerusalem, and that God’s message to Rome and Jerusalem is that reconciliation with God is possible.
Reconciliation is possible not because of the sacrificial death of Jesus, but because God loves.
The sacrificial death of Jesus is the means of the telling of the news of God’s love but it is not the means of God’s love.
God’s love does not need means, God’s love is fundamental to God’s being.
However God’s love does need proclaiming, and there is no greater act of proclamation of the love of God than the death of Christ.
We have a gospel to proclaim…