By Aaron Luke Green
“They (those who do not confess a belief in Jesus Christ) are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.” – 1 John 4:5
There was a study of an artifact done recently that would suggest Jesus Christ had a wife. I believe that is untrue for various reasons. I do not intend to condemn those, who hold the belief that Jesus had a wife, to hell as some might, but I do intend to persuade them otherwise. The verse above will come into play towards the end of this thought.
The most basic reason Jesus Christ would not have had a wife is that it simply was not recorded in the scriptures. I understand that this newly found document was written around the same time as the life of Christ, but it obviously was not important enough to be written about in any of the Gospels, or remotely addressed by Paul. One would think that if the mother of Jesus was so profound why not also His wife? As Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross He asked John to look after His mother. The scriptures record His mother and Mary Magdalene being there, but never use the words Jesus’ wife. It would have been customary for the wife to be there.
Reason number two Jesus Christ would not have had a wife would be that had he taken a wife, He would have been a jerk. From the very beginning He knew His purpose in life was to die. He knew when He hit the age of 30 that He had about three years left. His focus was solely on the mission set before Him. He was not concerned with starting a family or providing for said family; His focus was the mission. The mission was to fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies, live a sinless life, be the perfect sacrifice for sin, and rise again three days later. The mission was fulfilled. Marriage was not a part of it. In Jesus’ day it was honorable and expected for children to be born. Children were considered a blessing from God. A barren wife; however, was considered a curse. There is no record of Jesus having children; therefore, He and His wife would have been considered accursed and dishonored. Had He had kids, they would have been left with no father after His death, and I’m not sure Jesus would have intentionally done that. He never had ‘oops’ moments.
Finally….Why does it matter? I come back to the verse used at the opening…”They are from the world and speak from the viewpoint of the world..” The world is trying constantly to discredit Jesus Christ for everything that He actually is. The world aims to distract from the message at hand, and the question that should be asked in each person’s life is not how normal can we make Jesus, but rather what impact has He made on my life, and what am I doing to make sure that impact is heard about by every person I meet? I warn against this statement of Jesus having a wife not because it’s detrimental to salvation, but because it leads us to believe everything else we hear about Jesus outside of the scriptures. Eventually, a story will come out with the title in big bold print that reads, “JESUS CHRIST- A FANTASTIC MYTH”, and many, who call themselves Christians will believe the headline, turn their heads, and walk away from Christ because they refused to question the source and it’s validity in scripture. As we inch closer and closer to the coming of Christ the articles from the world will only get worse, and many will fall away. For a time of harvest is approaching. A weeding out process is taking place, and those whose foundation is not in Jesus Christ or the scriptures will fall away.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
Keep alert. Stay strong. Overcome.
For the King,