Easter: Why the Crucifixion?

The Easter story includes a whole series of events from Palm Sunday through the events of the week leading up to the Crucifixion, and on to Easter Sunday and more events leading up to His Ascension and Pentecost.

For some thoughts on what led to the Crucifixion, see the story below; for the last phase up to Pentecost, see Easter: What's the bottom line?

What would you do---Easter story