The Mustard Seed
by Pastor Ron Friedrich
Was Jesus Married?
This question pops up almost every year during Christmas and Easter holiday seasons as editors for the religion section of Time magazine or The Washington Post or MSNBC offer "new evidence" in order to mock conservative Christians and debunk the Bible.
Do you remember Dan Brown's sensational 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code? (Problem: Brown got most of his "facts" of history so wrong, some were completely backward!)
In 2006 National Geographic published an English translation of the Gnostic "Gospel of Judas." (Problem: Gnostics had a nasty habit of recycling the names of Biblical characters in their own mythologies. Not even modern skeptics who claim that some nonsense Gnostics said about Jesus was "historically factual" can swallow most of what the Gnostics taught.)
Then in 2007 a cable TV news channel featured an archeologist who claimed that he discovered "the lost tomb of Jesus" and the rest of his family. (Problem: It was the wrong tomb, in the wrong place, for the wrong people. The archeologist also claimed that Mary Magdalene had been buried there; however Mary Magdalene's name was not found anywhere in that tomb.)
During this year's Easter season, our local newspaper featured another "expert" who was excited about the discovery of another piece of a Gnostic story that used the name of Jesus and other Bible characters. The "Jesus" of that story had a wife named "Mary Magdalene." However, that story has no connection with the historical Jesus or the real Mary Magdalene.
According to eye witness reports of Jesus' life and teaching, Jesus never married. The Bible says that after Jesus was baptized and began His public ministry, He did not even have a place that He could call "home."
The Bible says that the Bride of Christ is the Church (Ephesians 5:25-32; Revelation 19:8-9; Revelation 21:2)
Next December, as Christmas approaches, don't be disturbed about some sensational new "discovery" that appears to contradict God's Word. The timing is so predictable, you can just smile and say, "There they go again!"