I've never understood why the death of Jesus is important. Everybody dies, sooner or later. Death is commonplace. How could the death of one man two thousand years ago be good news ? Some people say that Jesus died for our sins. Some say that we should die, but he died in our place. Some say that he sacrificed himself to satisfy God's demand for justice. None of these answers make any sense to me. I can't see how God would be happy that his son died in our place. Imagine a judge saying to a convicted murderer, "You are guilty, but I like you, so I'm going to let you go free and my innocent son will be executed instead."