Celebrating the Bride of Christ
Did Jesus have a wife?
The answer is “Yes!” Most assuredly, Jesus had a wife.
However, before you accuse me of heresy, let me admit this is a misleading question, a twist of semantics
Yes, Jesus did have a wife and does have a wife—not a physical, literal wife, but a figurative, spiritual one. All those who follow him (his church) are his bride; he is our bridegroom. Effectively that makes us Jesus’ wife.
While being the wife of Jesus is an awkward—even uncomfortable—metaphor, being the bride of Christ is more familiar. It’s in the Bible.
Consider the implications.
According to ancient practice, a man seeking to marry would provide a dowry for his bride. What dowry did Jesus give?
Jesus offered the ultimate dowry: his life. He died so we wouldn’t have to. He gave his life as a dowry so we could live—live with him forever.
John said the greatest expression of love is to die for someone else. This ultimate dowry of Jesus shows his vast love for us.
The dowry Jesus offered is too great for me to comprehend. It’s the greatest expression of love.
Given the immensity of his dowry and his love, our best response is to love him back and be a faithful wife.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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