Did Jesus Marry Mary Magdalene

The question, did Jesus marry Mary Magdalene, has surfaced many times and has been a subject of much debate. In my opinion, the answer is no.  To even consider this question, it has to be acknowledged that both Jesus and Mary Magdalene were real people. A real person is one who actually existed.

Who Was Mary Magdalene

Here are the scripture references.

Matthew 27:55-61: And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him. 56: Among which was Mary Magdalene….verse 61: And there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre,

Mark: 15:40; There was also women looking on afar off, among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses and Salome.

Mark 16:1; And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, had bought spices that they might come and anoint him….

Mark 16:9; And when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devil. 10; And she (Mary Magdalene) went and told them, that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

Luke 8:2; And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils..As you read please note that there were other women ministering unto him

Please visit this site for a detailed explanation of Luke 8:1-3.

note: both Mark and Luke mention seven devils being cast out of Mary Magdalene. There is no doubt,  that she loved Jesus, for who he was and what he had done for her.

Luke 24:10; It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and other women that were with them which told those things unto the apostles.

John 19:25; Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, his mother’s sister Mary the wife of Cleophas and Mary Magdalene.

John 20:1-18; This is the story of Mary Magdalene being the first to see Jesus, after His resurrection. I would recommend that you get your bible and read the story.. Verse 18: Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord….

The question: Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?

The answer for me is simple… If Jesus were married, to Mary magdalene, I believe it would be in the bible.There is nothing in the bible that points to Him being married. He would have asked Mary Magdalene to look after His mother if she were his wife. He would have asked  someone to look after Mary Magdalene if He were married to her. He didn’t!

If He were not married and had had a relationship with Mary Magdalene, He would have committed sin and scripture says there was no sin found in him. 1 Peter 2:22.. There are many other scriptures that speak of Jesus being sinless..

That’s my simple explanation.

Also…If they were married or in a relationship and had a child as some propose, don’t you think that the authorities, those who crucified Jesus, would have been watching her and would have killed the child.

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He knows Me

Often my wife will ask the question, “what are you thinking about” or “what’s on your mind.” Then she will say “I know you and I know that you are thinking about something and if it’s serious you raise your eyebrows.”

Yes my wife knows a lot about me but although she says ” I can read your mind” really she can’t, hewever; He knows me.

Psalm 139:1-19

Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
You are all around me—in front and in back—
    and have put your hand on me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.

Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
    Where can I run from you?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
If I rise with the sun in the east
    and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you would guide me.
    With your right hand you would hold me.

11 I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
    Let the light around me turn into night.”
12 But even the darkness is not dark to you.
    The night is as light as the day;
    darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You made my whole being;
    you formed me in my mother’s body.
14 I praise you because you made me in

an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
15 You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
16 you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.

17 God, your thoughts are precious to me.
    They are so many!
18 If I could count them,
    they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
    I am still with you.

Yes, I have that assurance within, that He knows me. My wife can say, “I know you are thinking about something but Jesus can say, “I know what you are thinking.”

Christian Thoughts To Ponder

I have been a Christian, for over forty-five years and I still deal with sinful thoughts that rear their evil messages in my mind. Jesus said in Mark 7-15: “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them, rather it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”

The purpose of this post, christian thoughts to ponder, is to remind myself and you who are reading this post that we are all the same. Those of us who practice the christian faith, through our acceptance of Jesus as savior and lord, deal with evil thoughts. For many of us, especially us men, we are too proud and maybe too afraid to expose our feelings to others.

One of those unseen evil thoughts that I deal with is lust. My friends are unaware of it, my wife is unaware of it because over my life time I, through the indwelling holy spirit, have been able to surrender it to God. Whenever a lustful thought comes to my mind I simply say, Lord, this is an unclean thought and I surrender it to you. One of my favorite portions of scripture in understanding this concept is:  2 Corinthians 10:4-5..  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

How do we take thoughts captive? This is what I do and yes, I sometimes forget. I pray to God and ask that he take the thought and purify my thinking. I tell him and he already knows. that this is an evil thought and it can lead to sin and I surrender it to him.

Jesus went on to say in Mark 7: 20 “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

What evil thought or thoughts are you dealing with in your life? Please leave a comment.

 

 

All About Glory

I was reading a devotional written by Paul David Tripp and he makes the statement that life is all about glory. I have been thinking about that statement as it applies to my life as a Christian. Below are a few verses concerning glory.

1 Cor: 10-31….So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Cor 10:23-33

All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

So my question is am I living for God’s glory or my glory?

in progress

Textedead

I recognize that there is no such word as textedead, however; it’s a word that I coined from texted and dead. The word came to me as I was walking pass a truck, that was on a parking lot and both the driver and passenger were texting. Thankfully they made a wise decision to pull over and text.

Sadly, there are too many people who text, while their vehicle is moving and are leaving themselves open to a tragedy. I would not call it an accident as they are being negligent.

I have heard stories of passengers shouting at a driver, before an accident, to stop texting. Personally, I would take the phone from the driver and maybe toss it out the window.

This video is from youtube and was taken by a state trooper. The caption says that the person driving was texting.


The Anatomy Of A Car Crash While Texting

This is my commitment

When driving, I promise not to pick up my phone for a ring or a ping unless there is another person, in the vehicle, who can answer it for me. I will pull over, when convenient, to answer the call or the text. I know, it’s against the law to be on the phone or to text, however; like many, I have broken this law. Sadly, many people have been killed or injured, some seriously because they were distracted by calling or texting.

In Progress

 

 

Unhappy and Happy

I had never thought that a person could be unhappy and happy at the same time. Today I was speaking to a very good friend of ours who is going through a very traumatic experience in his marriage. It was about ten years ago that his wife begin to show signs of alzheimers.  Two years ago he had to place her in a nursing home.

They were both in their early fifties when she began to show the first signs of this dreaded disease. He was very supportive and had to quit his job to give her support. This caused financial strain and it became more difficult when he placed her in a nursing home. She has not shown any recognition of him for the past number of months.

He decided to move, a few thousand miles away, in order to get a job and be near their children. Every four to six weeks he takes a flight home to spend a few days visiting his wife. He is what I would call a broken man. Broken, mentally, spiritually and physically.

Today I took him to the airport and I made the statement..”you are unhappy and happy.” He said, “you could say it that way.”

Since moving away he has moved in with another woman. I can’t judge his decision as I know he needs someone to love him.

As a Christian, I believe in the marriage vows but I also recognize the evil that sin can have in a person’s life. If a person loses sight of God’s love and grace, that is available in Jesus, he leaves himself open to the ravages of sin. This has happened to my friend. It started with the blame game. Blaming God for what happened to his wife, his friends, relatives and pastors for not being there for them. He became blind to those who wanted to help. Yes, we didn’t know how to deal with this sickness. It would have been much easier to give support if it were a cancer or some other life threatening illness.

He didn’t ask for help and we as his family and friends felt that he was shutting us out. I admit my failure! He turned his back on the one friend who promised to be with us under every circumstance of living… Jesus.

I have prayed with him and for him and today I prayed again that God would restore him. Also, I believe that God can restore his wife to health. There is nothing impossible for God.

You will notice that,I have quoted no scripture, in this post. I recognize that many reading, this post, will have references from scripture flooding your mind.

Would you pray for my friend that God would somehow minister to him, in his brokenness, and bring peace joy and happiness to his life. Pray for his wife as you feel led by God’s spirit.

Thank you for reading this post. It is appreciated. May you be blessed in your Christian walk.

Can You Forgive

This is a quote from, Mark Banschick M.D. “As long as there are relationships, there will be a need for forgiveness.”
Jesus said “If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” -Matthew 6.14-15

I have proven many times, in my own life, that there is healing in forgiveness. Most times I have not been able to forget about the hurt or pain, however; the conscious act of forgiving has brought healing to my spirit. It has given me peace.

We have all been hurt by another person or person’s or we ourselves have been the one who caused the pain and suffering to another. My dad was a good provider but a very poor father figure. He was a heavy drinker and a womanizer. He caused a lot of pain to our mom and we as children, carried a ton of unwanted baggage then and into adulthood.

We hid behind doors and tried to protect ourselves, from the verbal abuse as our parents fought a war of words. There were horrible words and accusations flying within our home. We did not receive physical suffering but mental.

I had to accept the fact that my dad was a broken human being and had broken the spirit of our mom. It was not easy to forgive, however as a teenager I made a conscious decision not to become the person that my father was. I did not recognize then but somehow I had to forgive my father in order to began a healing in my own life.

I became a Born Again Christian when I was twenty-three and had been married for about a year. The act of seeking God’s forgiveness, through Jesus, not only brought healing to my soul but peace to my heart. It was the beginning of a life long journey of forgiving and being forgiven. I recognized the power of forgiveness.

Yes, I still recall the pain and suffering of my childhood but it is a memory that doesn’t affect me mentally or emotionally. I forgave my father and the woman who was the mother of two of his children. I have never met her but I have met my two half- sisters. This was a once and only meeting. They were not responsible for the actions of my father but the result.

I’m so thankful to God because he initiated forgiveness and knew that we needed to forgive or to be forgiven to have a healthy relationship with Him and with others.

You Don’t Listen To Me

Was I shocked. when my wife said “you don’t listen to me.” I became a little defensive because I felt the words were untrue and I had always thought that I was a good listener. Over the next few days I made it a point to be more tuned into her comments and our conversations.

But it got me seriously thinking about my Christian walk and how I listen to God speaking to me. Do I really listen?

I have been a follower of Jesus for over forty five years. He has spoken to me through the bible, through prayer, my wife, my friends, through good and bad circumstances and what we call that still small voice. There have been times in my life when my spirit was in tune with God and  I listened for him to minister to me. However, sad to say there have been more times where I have rushed prayer, bible reading, tuning out bible messages and really not listening to God.

I can envision God saying to me “Steve, you don’t listen to me.” Jesus said  in John 10: 27,28  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Am I listening?

A work in progress

 

The Big Bonfire

Bonfire night is still a part of our heritage here in Newfoundland Labrador, although many restrictions have been put in place by municipalities and government. As children, at school,  we would talk about the big bonfire we had the previous Guy Fawkes Night. Someone would always try to lay claim to the largest fire and talk about the number of tires they had piled in the fire.

When our son was around 12 years old, him and a group of friends spent weeks preparing for their bonfire. He would come home and talk about the number of tires they had and other materials they had gathered. We warned him about being careful and not to place any propane tanks, aerosol cans or explosive items in the fire. We should have been more pro-active in checking out the pile but we were not.

The fire was huge and aerosol cans were flying like missiles through the woods. Someone called the fire department and they came and got it under control. It was one of the bigger bonfires that I have seen. The heat was so extreme that you had to stand a long way from the actual fire.

There is a story in Daniel 3 about three young men being thrown into a fiery furnace. Their names were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They were among the captives who were  brought from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when he conquered Judah.

They were among those chosen by wise men of Babylon as ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar to be trained to help him rule his people. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were taught in all the knowledge of the Chaldeans. After three years of training they were taken into the king’s palace for His approval.

They proved to be faithful to the king and wise in their rule over those whom they were responsible for. The king was pleased with them, however there were those who were jealous because they had risen to such providence in the Babylonian kingdom.

Christians And Stress

About a month ago I went through a very difficult and stressful situation at work. I’m retired, however I do the maintenance work, as needed, at a small 13 room motel. The motel has new owners and I still look after the maintenance plus I have a few other roles added.

I was asked if I would do the bank deposits. The bank is on  my way home from work so I said yes. Usually there are two or three deposits slips and I have a card that allows me to make deposits to the account. I cannot take money from the account.

One day I received a call that there was a deposit missing. The previous day there were supposed to be four deposits and they only were credited at the bank for three. Did I know what happened to the missing deposit? I was the last person to handle the deposit before it was deposited in the bank. What would you think? I told them that what was in the deposit bag was what was taken to the bank. They know me to be a truthful person but the facts speak for themselves so I went about trying to prove my innocence.

I questioned the person who was responsible for the finances and she was adamant that there were four deposits in the bag. Hindsight tells me that I should have checked before leaving for the bank. She had checked the deposits before passing the bag to me.

We checked with the bank and their records showed that I had made only three deposits. I have to admit that as a Christian I was under some stress. The money had to be somewhere or the person handling the cash had taken it. A number of people knew that the money was missing and I guess they suspected that I had something to do with it.

We have video cameras and I spent hours reviewing videos. There was one suspect. An outside worker who was there when the deposits were being checked and had gone in to the office twice to speak to this employee. The video did not show him in the office, however; it appeared that he stuffed something in his pocket after exiting the office. Also, he went outside and opened the tail gate of my van by accident and realizing what he had done went to his van. My van is white and his is navy. The cameras show him bending down as if he is hiding something.  He appeared to be nervous. Did he take the deposit? I reviewed more video but could find no positive proof that he had taken it. Other people reviewed the video and they came to the same conclusion. There wasn’t enough proof. But he was our suspect.

Eleven days passed and some of the staff were stressed. My wife prayed with me and I had previously claimed a verse from Psalm 85:10,11..Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth;  I had been praying a simple prayer, mercy and truth will prevail.

On the 12th day I went into the motel and the manager said, “they found it”. I said they found what and she said the deposit. Where did they find it? It was in the bank. The bank had made an error.

Now I had been checking to see if the teller, who had served me was still working there. For seven days she was not at work. Did she have something to do with the missing funds? She had been on a weeks holidays. We had been blaming a worker plus the bank teller and they were innocent. The bank did not tell us what happened to the deposit for the eleven days it went missing in the bank.

As Christian’s we face stressful situations the same as non practicing christians. It’s how we handle them makes the difference. I read my bible, I prayed, I claimed a promise and I had someone praying for me. The truth shall set you free. Not only from sin but the effects of stress.

Greater is He that is in me then he who is in the world.  1 John 4:4