Would it matter if Jesus had been married?


The Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene, Ivanov Alexander Andreevich

It’s hard to image that 50 years ago women were excluded from ordained ministry.  Now many are wondering if women were excluded from the Bible.  As it turns out, an old scrap of papyrus contains a reference to Jesus’ wife and his female disciples.

The document was written at least 70 years after the Gospels were written, so no scholar would say this proves anything about Jesus.  It does prove that a century after Jesus’ ascension there were legends about his marital status.  You can find articles about this all over the web (this one is interesting), so I won’t repeat those here.  All of this does raise some interesting questions…

Imagine that there is new, indisputable evidence that Jesus was married.  How would this affect your faith?  Could you follow a married Messiah?  Would this matter at all?

About Corey Sharpe

Where do we get our beliefs? Three theological perspectives have significantly shaped my Christian identity: Evangelicalism, the early Methodist tradition and liberation theology. From my coming to faith in a Baptist church and throughout my education in a Baptist school and college, I was nurtured by convictions that emphasized a spiritual rebirth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Bible. Even when I disagree with certain aspects of evangelicalism, it has deeply influenced my sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. My seminary studies spawned my interest in early Methodism, particularly its approach to spiritual formation. Its leaders were convinced that only a foundation of doctrine and discipline would lead to a meaningful transformation of the heart and mind. In other words, having the mind of Christ enables me to be more like Christ. Life in a suburban culture obscures the increasing gap between the poor and rich, as well as the Bible’s close identification with the poor. My doctoral work in socio-cultural context exposed me to liberation theology, which helps me see redemptive history as a history of oppressed groups, written from the perspective of the powerless, about a God who is actively involved with the poor in their struggles. I am now the pastor at Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Calvert County, Maryland. Together my wife and I are raising 4 young theologians.
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3 Responses to Would it matter if Jesus had been married?

  1. Liz Rowell says:

    It wouldn’t bother me if Jesus was married. In fact I feel that it makes him more relatable. That’s just my opinion though

    • Pastor Corey says:

      Thanks for the post, Liz. I just noticed today that your post was pending, and I needed to approve it. That’s the way WordPress works for first time posters. I agree with your comment – Jesus could probably give great marriage advice, and doesn’t every woman hope to find the perfect man? 🙂

      • Liz Rowell says:

        No problem I have never done a blog post or reply before so didn’t know the difference : ) I’m sure everyone hopes for the perfect spouse. Mine may not be perfect but he’s perfect for me : )

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