Dear Pastor: The Bible says that Jesus laid down his own life. Isn’t that like suicide?
A: I understand why you would think that way. The subject of Christ’s voluntary demise is not discussed enough, in my view. We professional church-goers like to focus on the glorious morning of Christ’s resurrection and well we should! Yet, we must also take in how he got there. Your question takes a hard look at what Jesus actually said as he faced what we now call “Good Friday,” his crucifixion day.