Jesus’ Wife?

21 09 2012

A piece of parchment the size of a business card with about 30 words on one side, and a line that reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife'”. From that small beginning comes a flood of news stories about Jesus having a wife. Really? Sounds like a wild guess and not a careful study. It’s nothing new. Coptic literature has long-held that belief, which was the corner piece of Dan Brown’s novel, The DiVinci Code. I totally refute this feeble attempt of sensationalism disguised as scholarship. Give it a few days and it will blow over, until the next “groundbreaking discovery”. Just a few thoughts about this blasphemy against Jesus.

1. If Jesus had a wife then He would be “two-timing”.
The Church is the Bride of Christ, if there was anyone else, to believe anything else, would be accusing Jesus of adultery.

2. An earthly wife would distract Him from His mission.
He came to seek and save the lost, not to seek a wife. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 7:33, “But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.”

3. There were many people named ‘Jesus’ back in the day.
In fact, there are a lot of people named Jesus today. The name Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus. There is no doubt that someone named Jesus had a wife.

4. This is a cheap shot for 15 minutes of fame.
Because of the sensationalism, the monetary value of that small piece of fragment spiked. Just follow the money.

As a post script, Jesus’ followers are not going to riot at Harvard University, threaten to kill the Professor who went public with this offensive viewpoint,or react worldwide with rages of hate. They will just yawn and wait for the sensationalism to pass, and it will.

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