Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Christ died for a purpose: to redeem sinners who were otherwise lost. With his death, he paid the price we had been trying (and failing) to pay for sin, and he made it possible for us to have hope in the face of despair -- sin was no longer a dead end, for Christ had made a way out through his perfect sacrifice.
Indeed, we are heirs. In order for us to receive our inheritance, the one who grants this must die, and this is exactly what Christ does. His death flings open the door to eternal life, and we are welcomed in as a free gift.
It's as though we were all starving to death, and the richest man in town opened up his house and promised to feed us all we could possibly want and more. In the darkest of nights, the light of Christ shone fiercely, paving the way to hope!