Why did our Redeemer have to be true God?

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Our Redeemer had to be true God so that He could by His life and death pay the full price of redemption for all people and reconcile them to God.

Ps. 49:7-8: None of them can by an means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, for the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever.

2 Cor. 5:19: God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.