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Not Very Likely Jesus Had a Wife

Wow, the mysteries of life, present and past. In the present, it seems there are far more discussions worthy of the life of Jesus, and regarding the past would Jesus really have loved his wife had he never ever mentioned her existence in the words He spoke in the New Testament?

Jesus made very clear early on that He was about His Father's business (Luke 2:49). Had He been married, His priorities would have shifted to being about His wife (and if any), His children's concerns.

Considering the fact that God honors marriage, and says that a man who finds a wife finds a good thing, Jesus very well could have been a husband (Proverbs 18:22). But Scripture leans to Him referring to the Church as His Bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). As members of the body of Christ, we are His Disciples, which clarifies why He said "She (The Church) will be My disciple." This is the first role of the Church: be disciples to Jesus' sheep (John 21).

It would truly be a miracle of human nature for none of the early disciples Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, to make mention of Jesus having a wife. Wouldn't mention have been made of Jesus' wedding feast, had He taken a bride, just as mention was made of His Baptism?

Jesus even regarded single-life as Holy because God was always the One served, and kept first. Emphasis is made that once married, the daily distractions of having a spouse detract from the sole and primary focus being on God (1 Corinthians 7:32-35). Jesus was very clear on how a husband is to love his wife, and a wife to respect her husband. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church (Ephesians 5:22). The Church is clearly Jesus' Bride. We don't really need the drama of an incomplete scroll to cause confusion. While it's exciting, it really leaves no substance for rewriting the Holy Word as inspired by God. Do you really think God would have shunned His daughter-in-law by completely omitting her from Scriptures?

The final word: Jesus was born of a miraculous conception. He was pure, yet like man in all ways, except for sin. No disrespect intended, but had Jesus married, he would have consummated with a sinful human being as with married couples, "The two become one flesh" (Mark 10:8). Jesus was like man in all ways except for sin; thus sex with a mortal would have caused Him to deny His God-Person, and become a reflection of fallen man, instead of the Son of a Perfect God.

Let's thank Jesus for showing up and showing us how we should behave, mindful of what is most pleasing to God: Love thy neighbor, as thy self. Jesus gave so many words to live by, whether He did or didn't have a wife, is really of little importance in the big and eternal scheme of things.