The world recently ignited a scandalous conversation about Jesus. Was Jesus possibly married? A newly discovered manuscript seemed to suggest the Son of God was also a hubby. New Testament scholar Dan Wallace did a great job in this post walking through the early details of the new manuscript discovery.
The world pondered the reality of a scandalous Jesus for about two weeks. It now appears the manuscript was a fake. There is enough doubt about its authenticity that Harvard Theological Review decided a few days ago to not even publish the findings of the manuscript.
Why am I now wasting my time writing about a has-been story? The scandal is over. All the news networks have moved on looking for the next big thing. Well, I refuse to budge. I don’t want to leave the scandal.
When I first heard the “Jesus was married” scandal on the news I sat close to my television hanging on every one of Diane Sawyer’s words. Biblical archaeology fascinates me so I was all ears trying to soak up every scandalous detail. She finished delivering the facts she knew up to that time and I sat back and thought, “So, that’s it?” I was disappointed at the news. I was disappointed Diane Sawyer was so eager to communicate this scandalous story.
I think they could have done better. The realities of Jesus are far more scandalous than the rumors about Jesus. The Hypostatic Union is the scandalous news story of the cosmos. The second person of the Trinity, the God of the Universe, became a man. A man with bowel movements. That’s scandalous. He didn’t just become a man, however, he continued being fully God. In Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9). An elephant becomes an ant while fully remaining an elephant. Scandalous.
The scandal continues. Jesus will forever be God and man. He is and always will be the only God-man. And guess what? He did this for us! He did this for you. He did this for me. He took on all the humble traits of flesh because we possess those traits. He became us, represents us, because He’s here for us. He is God in order to fix what needs to be fixed, He is man to pay what needs to be paid. Can anyone stand up and yell scandalous! Can anyone alert the news to this scandal?
I could spend many more paragraphs laying one orthodox scandal of Jesus on top of another orthodox scandal. Nearly every page of the New Testament could be the headline scandal across every major news outlet…if we have ears to hear reality.
Was Jesus married? The vast majority of evidence says no. I suggest to you, however, that it really doesn’t matter. If Jesus was married would it violate the Hypostatic Union? No, not at all. If Jesus was married would He instantly stop being the scandalous God-man Savior of the world? No. There is no christological doctrine which rises or falls on his singleness.
The New Testament revelation of the living Jesus who: comes for us, lives for us, dies for us, rises for us, saves us, changes us, loves us, and is coming back for us is the ultimate scandal. He is the true continuous scandal worth proclaiming. Embrace the scandal.