Did Jesus Ever Marry?

Jesus the Lamb of God

It is nearly Valentine’s Day, so perhaps it is and appropriate time to tackle this topic.  Before going any further, here is a definition from Wikipedia.

Sacrilege is the violation or injurious treatment of a sacred object, site or person. This can take the form of irreverence to sacred persons, places, and things. When the sacrilegious offence is verbal, it is called blasphemy, and when physical, it is often called desecration. Wikipedia
It has been a “sport” in the secular world to create a fairy tale that Jesus Christ married.   Saying that about Jesus Christ amounts to sacrilege and blasphemy, or in some cases, desecration.

Before tackling this topic, as Paul said, “I speak in human terms” to overcome “limitations” of understanding.  Romans 6:19

If you understand why Jesus came as the Lamb of God, to be the Saviour of the world, to be the Sacrifice for sin for mankind, then you can understand that there is a simple and logical answer to this question.

No.

Any other answer is impossible in the light of the redemptive work of Christ and why Jesus came.  Jesus was not merely a teacher.  He was not merely a prophet.  He is the Lord and Saviour of the world.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

Jesus had to be perfect and without sin in  order to die on the cross, to die for me, to die for you, to die for all mankind, to shed his blood, to pay the price for mankind’s sin against God.

Hebrews 9:22  According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission.

 

The Bible teaches that when a man and woman marry, they become one.

Jesus was sinless.   It would have been impossible for him to marry any person of the fallen race of the first Adam and remain sinless.

Particularly, there are those who say he married Mary Magdalene.  She was a prostitute before she was converted.  But all mankind has sinned.

Romans 3:23  for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;

 

The whole Bible, in what is called “types and shadows”,  foretells the purpose of Jesus and foreshadows the purpose of why Jesus would come.  In the Old Testament, there were sacrifices for the purpose of temporarily dealing with the problem of sin.  The sacrifices had to be perfect.

Jesus was the last Lamb, the last Sacrifice, the perfect final sacrifice.  He had to be perfect.  All the sacrifices before him were as perfect as a perfect physical lamb could be.  They pointed to the final sacrifice.  That final sacrifice for all mankind would be Jesus.  The final sacrifice had to be perfect.

Revelation 13:8 (KJV) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

God raised Jesus from the dead because he never sinned.

This chapter in Hebrews draws the Old Testament and New Testament together.

 Hebrews 9:1  Now indeed even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and an earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared. In the first part were the lamp stand, the table, and the show bread; which is called the Holy Place. After the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which was a golden pot holding the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat, of which things we can’t speak now in detail. Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services, but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offers for himself, and for the errors of the people. The Holy Spirit is indicating this, that the way into the Holy Place wasn’t yet revealed while the first tabernacle was still standing. This is a symbol of the present age, where gifts and sacrifices are offered that are incapable, concerning the conscience, of making the worshiper perfect, 10 being only (with meats and drinks and various washings) fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.

11 But Christ having come as a high priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, 12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without defect to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a last will and testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him who made it. 17 For a will is in force where there has been death, for it is never in force while he who made it lives. 18 Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”

21 Moreover he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry in the same way with the blood. 22 According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission.

23 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ hasn’t entered into holy places made with hands, which are representations of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place year by year with blood not his own, 26 or else he must have suffered often since the foundation of the world. But now once at the end of the ages, he has been revealed to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without sin, to those who are eagerly waiting for him for salvation.

 

God raised Jesus from the dead because, as it states in Acts 2:24 whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.   [emphasis mine]

And why couldn’t Jesus be held by death?   Because Jesus was the Holy One.

Acts 2:27 …neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.

 

Jesus could not have married any person of the first Adam’s fallen race and still have been the perfect Lamb of God.   Those who try to say he did clearly do not understand the gospel.

 

Acts 2: 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him among you, even as you yourselves know, 23 him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed; 24 whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,

‘I saw the Lord always before my face,
for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced.
Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;
27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades,
neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.
28 You made known to me the ways of life.
You will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

29 “Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that his soul wasn’t left in Hades, and his flesh didn’t see decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear. 34 For David didn’t ascend into the heavens, but he says himself,

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit by my right hand
35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

36 “Let all the house of Israel therefore know certainly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 40 With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. 

 

 

Another point, besides the ones already made above, is that major events of Jesus’s life are recorded in the Bible.  As a matter of fact, the first public recorded miracle of Jesus, where he turned water into wine, was at a wedding.

John 2:1  The third day, there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the wedding. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.” Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews’ way of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece.  Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast.” So they took it. When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn’t know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!” 11 This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

So think about it.  If a wedding where Jesus was a guest was recorded, do you think a personal wedding, if one had happened (again, this never happened, but I am trying to point out some common sense logic here) would have been ignored?  But really, again, you have to understand, it would have been impossible for Jesus to be the Saviour of the world if he had ever married.

So if you say, well, maybe there was no public marriage…then you would be calling the Son of God a fornicator, clearly impossible as the Saviour of the world.  In this world of craziness that has lost all its moorings to scriptural teaching, logic and common sense, clearly a bit of common sense needs to prevail here.  Words matter, deeds matter, obedience to the Word of God matters and Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God.  Even John the Baptist recognized that Jesus was perfect and questioned why Jesus came to be baptized.

John 3:14   But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”

15 But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.

 

The Fall of mankind occured in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.  There was no potential for redemption before the cross of Jesus.

Jesus had to be sinless, to be the sacrifice for sin, as mentioned above, and could not have been married.  There could have been no redemption if Jesus had ever sinned.

Some might ask…could Jesus have married in secret without a wedding?  In Biblical standards, “sleeping around” as it is called today, is called fornication in the Bible (KJV) and can send a person to the lake of fire.  So obviously, Jesus could not have participated in that.

Revelation 21:8  But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

 

Again, Jesus had to be the perfect, sinless, Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world.  John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus, prophetically knew who he was at the time of baptism.

John 1:26 John [the Baptist, who baptized Jesus] answered them, “I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you don’t know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, who is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to loosen.” 28 These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

29 The next day, he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

 

There is a psychological manipulation (known to advertisers, movie makers, authors, and corrupt politicians) where stories are used to try to create a plausible story line to pervert the truth.  That is what is happening with the question, “Did Jesus ever marry?”

If you understand the redemptive work of Christ, and the requirements for what Jesus did at the cross, and have read the brief outline which is written above, you now understand and know that it was impossible for Jesus to have married and still meet the requirements to be the Saviour of mankind.

There are those who create stories to make money.    They count on the ignorance of those who don’t know or haven’t read the Bible.  They create a movie-like story to present their fantasy.  But it is not based in fact.  Jesus never married.

This is what happened in the garden.  Satan used a partial truth in order to deceive Eve and Adam, and from that fall came all the sin, sickness and death in the world until Jesus came to defeat what satan did.

Genesis 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, but not the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it. You shall not touch it, lest you die.’”

The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t really die, for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took some of its fruit, and ate. Then she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too. Their eyes were opened, and they both knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together, and made coverings for themselves. They heard Yahweh God’s voice walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Yahweh God among the trees of the garden.

Yahweh God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 The man said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

11 God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Yahweh God said to the woman, “What have you done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 Yahweh God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
you are cursed above all livestock,
and above every animal of the field.
You shall go on your belly
and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
15 I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will bruise your head,
and you will bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth.
You will bear children in pain.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to your wife’s voice,
and have eaten from the tree,
about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’
the ground is cursed for your sake.
You will eat from it with much labor all the days of your life.
18 It will yield thorns and thistles to you;
and you will eat the herb of the field.
19 You will eat bread by the sweat of your face until you return to the ground,
for you were taken out of it.
For you are dust,
and you shall return to dust.”

20 The man called his wife Eve because she would be the mother of all the living. 21 Yahweh God made garments of animal skins for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them.

22 Yahweh God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever—” 23 Therefore Yahweh God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed cherubim[a] at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

Just like the serpent deceived Eve, these ideas about Jesus are whispered slyly to mankind by the same serpent, the devil, to reduce Jesus in the minds of men and take away their realization that they need to be born again of the Spirit of God to enter the kingdom of heaven.  These ideas are meant to reduce Jesus to the level of a mere man rather than recognizing him as Saviour and Lord of the world.

In summary, Jesus never married.

To be the sinless Lamb of God  that takes away the sin of the world Jesus had to be without sin.

You must be born again through Jesus Christ.

And to you who blaspheme the Lord by putting out these lies to manipulate those who are still gaining understanding, young in faith,  or teaching lies to young people, if you think it is some kind of a game, here’s a scripture for you.

Matthew 18:2   Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the middle of them and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a huge millstone were hung around his neck and that he were sunk in the depths of the sea.  “Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes! 

 


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