When Jesus died, his life was not taken… it was given.
Even in the last statement Jesus makes on the cross, we can see this. Jesus calls out in a loud voice… which doesn’t sound like the way one responds after being beaten, being exhausted, and on the verge of death. And in his own words he says, “I commit my spirit.”
Jesus isn’t saying, I’ve lost. He isn’t saying I can’t make it anymore. He’s giving up his life. The irony is that in the events of the day, in the suffering, in the rejection, in the hurt and the pain – it was never ultimately up to any of the people who hurt Jesus – it was up to him.
Even in the statements about Jesus mocking him by saying, “Come down from the cross.”