Did Jesus Prefer Chicken or Beef?
by Phil Boatwright
After the opening of The Da Vinci Code, the two questions most posed were, “Did you see it?” and “What did you think?” The inevitable follow-up: “Would it make any difference if Jesus had married the Magdalene?” Admittedly, after the book/movie’s hype, you can’t help but consider that proposition. But the question itself is rather tabloid in its conception. Rather than dwell on Christ’s Godly purpose, inquiring minds would rather know if He’d be seen with Paris Hilton?

The Bible declares Jesus to be the Son of God, that He was there when the worlds were formed, that He bore every sin known to man, and that because of His willingness to face that fate, mankind need never be separated from God. Is there any more wondrous revelation? Yet, our society would prefer to ponder His mortal indulgences. In light of the magnitude of God’s almighty plan, Jesus’ marital status is of the same importance as His dietary preference.

A pastor friend of mine suggested that if the Lord had been married and produced children, they’d still be with us. His perspective rested on the fact that Christ’s nature was sinless, that His children would have inherited that same nature, therefore making them impervious to death by sin. Perhaps a debatable theory, but it sounds good. Here’s a supposition I’d rather consider.

In the garden the night of his capture, Jesus’s prayer was so intense that he sweat blood.

He knew what lay before Him. I would offer that it wasn’t just physical torment, or even the sins of the world that overwhelmed our Savior that night, but rather the realization that for the first and only time in all of eternity, the Son would be separated from the Father. Now, that’s a subject worth considering. But then, can man possibly comprehend the meaning of that separation? Would knowing the answer lead to a mental agony mere man could not bear?

Because the world’s true Messiah was willing and able to overcome that humanly unfathomable emotion and make the crucial sacrifice, we never have to go through such anguish. Due to Christ’s purpose fulfilled, we never have to be isolated from the Father.

Although The Da Vinci Code is declared fiction by both author and filmmaker, the combined efforts of those artists have resulted in taking the spotlight off Christ’s divinity. Or at least that was a strategy attempted by forces beyond the writer and moviemaker. Remember, Satan won’t use gargoyles to blind mankind, but the beautiful, the powerful, and most insidious, the best liked guys in Hollywood. Rather than outrightly denying Christ’s deity, misguided men and women will be used to misdirect humankind from the saving power of Jesus Christ. “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine, instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3).

Works of art were once dedicated to the glorification of God and to attest the true nature of Christ Jesus. That is no longer the ambition of most artists. The best we can expect from the secular artistic community is that Jesus is a son of God. Not the Son of God. There are exceptions to that declaration: most notably Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Just don’t hold your breath for many big scale productions that paint an honest portrait of our Redeemer.

Did Jesus marry? My opinion, no. Jesus didn’t become man in order to get married. The church is His bride. Us. And because of His obedience to the Father and His love for the souls of man, He paves the way for mankind to be forever united with the Creator of all.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by whom we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).