Was Jesus Christ Married? A Look at the Bible Facts

by Jack Wellman · Print Print · Email Email

Some extra-biblical sources claim that Jesus was married and that He even had children. Is this true? Was Jesus ever married? What does the Bible say about this?

Jesus of Nazareth

There is no doubt that Jesus Christ is the man Who has had more written about Him than any other single character in the history of mankind.  He has had more books published about Him than anyone.  Some books claim that Jesus was married and that He even had children.  Is there any truth to this?  Some authors claim historical evidence but the Bible clearly says nothing about Him ever being married.  Since the Bible is silent on this subject does it mean that He could have been?  Why, if Jesus was married, would the Scriptures leave out this very important item?  There is no reliable evidence in the Bible or outside of the Bible that He was ever married.  There is only speculation and the idea that Jesus married Mary of Magdalene is blatantly false. There is no such evidence that this ever happened.

Mary of Magdalene

Some believe that Mary of Magdalene is the second most important woman in the Bible or at least in the New Testament.  Jesus cleansed her of seven demons (Luke 8:2) and after that became a devoted follower of His.  She was a prominent figure in the New Testament as she was with Him after she was healed and also with Him at His crucifixion and the first to see Him after His resurrection.  Some of the extra-biblical writings say that before Jesus began His earthly ministry she had dealings with Him but is this true?  She was said to have been a harlot, His secret love, and a confidant of His prior to His three-year ministry.  These writings have no substantiation at all. They are not supported by historians.  They are scorned by the early church fathers and there is nothing in the Bible whatsoever about Jesus ever having an affair, a relationship or being married to Mary of Magdalene. These accusations against Jesus are nothing new because all throughout history, people have tried to drag Jesus and His character through the mud and demean Him and make Him more human and less divine. The fact is that Mary was only a follower of Christ’s and she was among a group of women who financially supported the Lord and His disciples (Luke 8:1-3).

The Da Vinci Code and Brown’s Lies

Several years ago, author Dan Brown wrote about the so-called Holy Grail in the Last Supper and he wrote that it was Mary Magdalene that was lying on Jesus’ bosom.  The truth is that this was the Apostle John and not Mary.  The thought that this was Mary would have been laughed to scorn by Leonardo Da Vince himself.  The common knowledge was that he painted this Last Supper with the twelve disciples.  If Mary were the one leaning on Jesus’ bosom, then where was John?  Surely John, the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2) would have been in the painting.  Would Da Vinci intentionally leave out the Apostle John?  Most certainly not, yet Brown insists that Jesus not only was married to Mary Magdalene, He had children with her.  It must be remember that if you want to read Brown’s Da Vinci Code, you will have to look in the fiction section of the library because that’s what it is…pure fiction and not factual nor historical. This book and later, the movie, are so full of errors that it is a stretch beyond even the most liberal’s scholar’s imagination.  I did find three facts that were true in this book; that Paris is in France, London is in England and Rome is in Italy.  Besides these facts, nothing else in this book is true…it is replete with lies. Brown was only interested in selling books and not in writing about the facts of history.  There are no mainstream biblical scholars that believe that Jesus was ever married, not to mention that He ever had children.  If that was the case, this truth could have never been suppressed for two thousand years!

Jesus Was Not Married

There is not even the single, smallest detail or hint given anywhere in the Bible that Jesus ever married. The abundance of the absence of evidence makes it a landslide in favor of His never having married.  Some have stated, falsely, that the Wedding at Cana (John 2) was Jesus’ marriage celebration but there are no explicit suggestions in the New Testament that He was ever married and so the roaring silence of evidence compel us to conclude that He never did marry.

Jesus Marries the Church

Jesus will marry ... this marriage made in heaven will culminate in the great wedding feast of the Lamb of God to the church.

Jesus will marry … this marriage made in heaven will culminate in the great wedding feast of the Lamb of God to the church.

Jesus is going to marry but it is the church that He marries and that is why He is working in the Body of Christ today to make a Bride ready for Himself and this marriage made in heaven will culminate in the great wedding feast of the Lamb of God to the church.  Revelation 19:7-9 says “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”—forthe fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”


If you are not born again then you are not betrothed to Jesus Christ as the church is.  When Christ returns for His Bride, you will be shut out of the wedding feast and it will be impossible for you to be with God or in His presence.  Paul writes “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom 14:10b-12).  You will either confess this in joyful adoration or at the horror of finding out that Jesus is God and Savior and that you rejected Him and then it will be too late!  We can either say to God “thy will be done” or God will say to you, “Okay, have it your way.  Your will be done” and “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt 25:41).

More about Jesus: Who is Jesus?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Jack H June 20, 2014 at 2:05 am

Hello, Pastor! 😀 Sigh, truly that myth of Jesus Christ being married is the most atrocious failure ever, below some other things. Speaking of which, there is another issue that I bring before you, namely Proverbs 26:4-5:
Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes.
As you can see, these verses are supporting different things. If this is a moral lesson, then… the mixed messages… what am I supposed to do? Can you explain why these appear to contradict? Thanks, Jack h 😀


Jack Wellman June 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

Thank you Jack. This is a good question but since we know that God does not contradict Himself, even if I were not able to explain it we must know that God’s mind I always much higher and greater and we cannot always comprehend the infinite because we are finite. My take on this is, that we are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate.

Verse 4. The cause assigned for forbidding to answer, therefore, plainly insinuates that the defender of religion should not imitate the insulter of it in his modes of disputation, which may be comprised in sophistry, buffoonery, and scurrility.

Verse 5. The cause assigned for directing to answer, as plainly intimates that the sage should address himself to confute the fool upon his own false principles, by showing that they lead to conclusions very wide from, very opposite to, those impieties he would deduce from them. If any thing can allay the fool’s vanity, and prevent his being wise in his own conceit, it must be the dishonor of having his own principles turned against himself, and shown to be destructive of his own conclusions.

Does this help my friend?


Jack H June 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

Yes, indeed it does. The context makes more sense now. But why couldn’t Solomon explain it in a clearer manner, instead of lazily using just a positive and negative, which people will take to mean that it contradicts?


Jack H June 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Ignore the above comment, it’s the anger talking


Jack Wellman June 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Okay Jack….thank you.

Bender June 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

The problem is not with Solomon or with any of the original authors of scripture (most especially the primary Author) — none of whom wrote in English — but with the subsequent translators.

That said, this is not a translation, but an interpretation that would follow from a better translation into English–
Do not respond to a fool’s foolishness in such a way that you make a fool of yourself (such as by giving credence to his irrationality). Rather, respond to a fool’s foolishness in a way that disabuses him of any claim to wisdom and instead demonstrates that he is a fool.


Fr. John W. Morris June 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

The Eastern Church has never taught that St. Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. That is an idea that was later taught by the Roman Catholic Church. It is not a part of the teaching of the ancient Apostolic Church.


Jack Wellman June 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Thank you so much sir. I agree that there is zero evidence that Mary Magdalene was ever a prostitute and this article never stated this as true so the Eastern Church having never taught that St. Mary was a prostitute I agree. Why do you say that sir? I never said that in this article. What are you responding to Mr. Morris? Mary Magdalene was one of the staunchest supporters of Christ while here on earth.


DocReits June 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

Thank you Pastor Jack for a great article,

Your point about the disciple John being absent from Leonardo’s painting, if indeed the person in the picture is Mary Magdalene is a good one.




Jack Wellman June 26, 2014 at 10:41 am

Thanks brother…you are always so encouraging. How discouraging that so many have disparaged the Great Name of Jesus Christ just to sell books! I would not want to be them on the day of His coming and impending judgment, right (Rev 20:11-15)? I would much rather be you or me!


Ricky October 5, 2020 at 9:54 am

I’m new to this, so please excuse me if I’m lacking in any way. Reading the New Testament John 19:19, the last paragraph:
“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

– this the key part –

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple “Here is your mother.”

Surely this is only possible through the marriage of Jesus and the disciple Mary – making his mother Mary Magdalene’s mother-in-law?’


Jack Wellman October 5, 2020 at 11:06 am

No, this is false teaching Ricky. Jesus looked at John after saying and said,”Behold your mother” meaning he is to take care of her as Jesus would if He were to remain on earth. He was not referring to Mary and Jesus never married. He had no children and never married. You will not find Jesus’ being married anywhere in Scripture. This is heresy and propgated by Satan. Jesus tenderly provides for his mother at His death. It is probable that Joseph, her husband, was long since dead, and that her son Jesus had supported her. Now that He was dying what would become of her? He saw her standing by and knew her cares and griefs, and He saw John standing not far off. So, He established a new relationship between His beloved mother and His beloved disciple. He said to her, “Woman, behold your son, for whom, from now on, you must have a motherly affection,” and to John, “Behold you mother, to whom you must pay a sonly duty.” And so from that hour, that hour never to be forgotten, that disciple took her to his own home.

Notice the care Christ took of His dear mother. He was not so much taken up with a sense of His sufferings as to forget His friends, all whose concerns He bore. His mother, perhaps, was so taken up with his sufferings that she didn’t think of what would become of her, but He did. He had no other way to provide for His mother than by His interest in a friend, which he does here.

He calls her woman, not mother, because now her son is her Savior. He directs her to look upon John as her son: “Behold him as thy son, who stands there by you, and be as a mother to him.”

This was an honor put upon John, and a testimony both to his prudence and to his fidelity. If He who knows all things had not known that John loved Him, He would not have made him Mary’s guardian. It is a great honor to be employed for Christ and to be entrusted with any of His interest in the world.

It was also a great responsibility for John, but he cheerfully accepted it and took her to his own home, not objecting the trouble nor expense, nor his obligations to his own family, nor the ill-will he might contract by it. According to Nicephoras’s Ecclesiastical History (book 2, chapter 3), Mary, Jesus’ mother, lived with John at Jerusalem eleven years and then died.


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