Monday 21st September 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Matthew 19:3-12
Topic:- Did Jesus Have A Wife 
Text:- Revelation 21:9
B. Jesus’ Marital Status:
1. Was seldom addressed for centuries. But with the release of The Da Vinci Code and the supposed discovery of an ancient piece of papyrus known as “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” the stage was set for debate. Was Jesus married after all? We must first begin with what we do know about Jesus.
2. Most of the four Gospels are focused on the three years of Jesus’ ministry, when He was about thirty to thirty-three years old. Since He died and was resurrected after that, there are only about thirty years for us to explore.
3. He was born to a virgin, Mary, who was pledged to be married to a Carpenter (or perhaps builder, depending on interpretation of the Greek) named Joseph. See Matthew 13:55.
4. Being told by a dream that Mary was indeed carrying the Son of God, Joseph married her instead of divorcing her for infidelity. You can read more of the birth stories in the passages above.
5. Jesus’ early childhood was a bit hectic, as a census drove His parents to travel a long way for His birth, then a murderous King Herod sent them fleeing to Egypt to preserve His life.
6. After Herod’s death, they returned to Israel when Jesus was still a young child and settled in Nazareth in Galilee.
C. Nothing Else Is Said:
1. His childhood until He was twelve years old. It is known that He had siblings, but whether He was the oldest or whether some or all of these were Joseph’s children from a previous marriage is contested and unknown. See Mark 6:3.
2. The next event recorded from Jesus’ life is at the age of twelve and occurs in the passage, Jesus goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the Passover, indicating that they were faithful followers of the Law. See Luke 2:41-52.
3. The Bible is largely quiet on the rest of Jesus’ life until the beginning of his ministry almost twenty years later.
4. However, He would likely have been raised in His father’s trade, it indicates that He was known as a Carpenter. See Mark 6:3
5. He remained close to His family, as He is recorded interacting with them right at the beginning of His ministry. See John 2:1-12.
6. It is indicates that He was likely unmarried, as He went to Capernaum with His mother, brothers, and disciples. See John 2:1.
7. It would be unlikely that a wife, should He have had one, would be left out of this list. It is also notable that whenever people spoke of His background, they spoke of His mother, father, siblings, and vocation as a Carpenter, but never of a wife. See Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; Luke 4:22; John 6:42.
8. During His ministry, which is recorded in extensive detail in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus was a wandering teacher and healer for three years. He was ultimately arrested, executed, and then resurrected, after which He visited His followers and then ascended to heaven.
D. Where Did The Belief That Jesus Was Married Originate:
1. It’s hard to say where the idea came from. The first early church text related to the marital status of Jesus one way or another is from Clement of Alexandria in the late second century, where Clement specifically refers to Jesus’ singleness.
2. In his writing and that of Tertullian, writing near the same time, Christ’s celibacy is used only as an argument for another point, and His singleness itself is taken for granted.
3. Multiple “Gospels” cropped up over the centuries after Christ, though the four Gospels of the Bible were complete—and canon in practice, if not by official decision—by the end of the first century.
4. These other “Gospels,” usually falsely attributed to some apostle or other Biblical figure, often laid out strange theology with a healthy portion of historical inaccuracy. Many of these so-called Gospels merged Christianity with Gnostic religion.
5. One Gnostic Gospel from the third century, The Gospel of Philip, references Jesus kissing Mary Magdalene (which was a common cultural greeting in His time) and refers to her as His “companion” (a Greek word meaning someone with a shared goal, not necessarily a spouse or partner).
6. Another, The Gospel of Mary, probably originating from the late second century, mentions that Jesus loved Mary more than other women.
7. Even if these were reliable texts, the wording does not necessitate or even strongly suggest a marriage relationship.
8. However, these texts originated with Gnostic sects who practiced arcane myths and rituals, not any sort of mainstream Christianity, and were written long after everyone who had known Jesus in the flesh had passed away.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, help me to understand You better and be intimate with You henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ
Have A Fulfilling Monday!