Q&A: Did Jesus Christ Commit Suicide?

This question comes in response to a post which was in itself a response to John Piper and his teaching on Christians and guns in their home, which he opposes.

Q: Was Christ committing suicide when He did not resist his murderers?

A: Absolutely not, and for at least two reasons. 

First, Jesus Christ was not murdered. John 10:17, 18 gives us the words of our Lord on the matter:

For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.

Secondly, Jesus could not commit suicide because that would be a violation of God the Father’s Law, specifically, the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder.” – Exodus 20:13. The essence of this commandment and of the Ten Commandments is to worship God alone, for God is the fountain of life (Psa. 36:9, Pro. 13:14).

The commandment not to murder imposes a duty upon God’s children to preserve life, including our own. For Jesus to break the sixth commandment would be breaking all of the ten commandments as well as placing Jesus will above God the Fathers, which He never did:

For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. – John 6:38

For the Christian, immoderate behavior that shortens life is also a violation of the sixth commandment (Matt. 5:21-22).  Revenge, anger, pride and the like can breed the hatred which leads to murder or neglect (Eph. 4:24).

Anything that discounts the sanctity of human life puts man’s will for sensual pleasure above God’s will for holiness, and obviously, our Lord Jesus never did that, for He was perfectly obedient to the Father’s will, always.