I'm working on a contribution for a book about Banned Questions on Jesus from Chalice Press.
One of the questions is: "Why did Jesus have to suffer so much?"
Without undermining copyright, my answer entails:
Did Jesus have to suffer and die? No, I don’t think God demanded it.
But was it inevitable, given the innate conflict between darkness and light? I think so.
The suffering of goodness, under the tyranny of darkness, is an inevitable dynamic in the process of redemption.
Theological ramifications of this? Huge, I know...