The Da Vinci Code’s Claim: “Mary Magdalene’s most important role was being married to Jesus.”
So we are asking, “Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene married?” And if they were, would that somehow discredit Jesus’ claim of deity? Was the word "companion" synonymous with the word "spouse" during the first century? And if Mary was married to Jesus, what was her last name? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Most men in Jesus’ day were married, but not all. Brown suggests that since most men were married, then Jesus must have been. While that is true, there was precedent for single men, especially at the community of the Essenes. In the Bible, the prophet Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul were single. Paul even said in 1 Corinthians 7:1: “It is good for a man not to marry.” Remember, Jesus often did things that were contrary to cultural expectations. If Jesus was married, Paul would have said so. In 1 Corinthians 9:5, Paul argues that it’s OK for the apostles to be married and cites those who had spouses: “Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?” Paul most certainly would have referenced Jesus being married if He had been because it would have bolstered his argument that marriage is a good thing.
The question of whether or not Jesus was married is an interesting one for sure. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Would being married somehow make him something less or even sinful?
There is nothing that I am aware of theologically that would preclude Jesus from being married. Marriage, and sex within marriage, is a gift from God and is perfectly holy. If we were to find some sort of archeological evidence today, (I can’t imagine what), but something that proved without a doubt that Jesus was married, or specifically that he was married to Mary Magdalene, it would not change my faith one iota. I base everything on what Jesus said and did (The resurrection being kind of a big deal to me) not on whether He was married.
Marriage is a holy covenant between a man and a woman, ordained by God in the very beginning. (See Genesis 2:24) The Bible has only the highest view of marriage."Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure." Hebrews 13:4Sex in marriage is a Holy thing…there is nothing wrong or sinful in regard to sex. If you doubt me about that, just read Song of Songs in the Old Testament. God created sex and all the pleasure and beauty that go with it in the context of marriage.For it to be wrong for Jesus to be married and experience sex in marriage would mean that there was something inherently sinful about marriage and sex, which there isn’t.Now, I don’t think that Jesus was married, but why would it undermine His deity if He was? What does a single Jesus do for you that a married Jesus doesn’t?
Having said that, I discussed this yesterday with pastors Gary and Tim, and we all agreed that there is great significance lost to the “Bride of Christ” if Jesus did marry. We know through scripture that we are all going to be wedded to Him in a glorious moment in the future. And it is our conviction that Jesus is saving himself for that day. And what a Day that will be. Mary will get to take part in the ceremony I’m sure.
Dan Brown is wrong about Mary Magdalene. Her importance is not in being the wife of Jesus. Her importance is in being the first to proclaim a message that is still changing lives today - “I have seen the risen Savior!”
If Mary could speak to us today I am sure she would say something like, “Look at Jesus not me!”