With all the hype over the fragment dubbed Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, there’s been a rash of articles discounting the idea that Jesus had a wife. What’s surprising is the silence regarding Jesus’ future wife.
In case this is the first time you’ve come across this, Michael Kruger has an excellent article on the historical aspect of this fragment. In this article, though, I want to remind you of what you likely already know—Jesus is engaged to be married.
There are some who say Jesus could not have had a wife because it would have been irresponsible. For the last three years of his life Jesus was “married to the ministry.” If he was married to a person as well, he would have set a poor example to married pastors. Others would say there is not a shred of evidence in the Bible that Jesus had a wife. So for some tiny fragment 400 years later to imply otherwise is less than convincing.
Those positions are true as far as they go, but they don’t go far enough.
Let us not forget that Jesus is engaged to be married. The Church is the bride of Christ.
The example Jesus set for husbands was not in how he treated a wife on earth, but how he lived and died for the Church (Ephesians 5:25).
The day will come when the glorified saints will appear in the wedding hall wearing the most spectacular wedding garments imaginable—fine linen, bright and pure (Rev 19:7-8). Marriage on earth is a picture—a shadow really—of something far more profound. That profundity will be fully comprehended and enjoyed when we arrive at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
When we ask, why did Jesus come? There are a number of biblical answers we could offer: to testify to the truth, to redeem mankind, to reveal the Father, and much more. But this answer is also true—to secure a wife.