Ok everyone, we are going to explore TWO questions from the congregation today because they both require shorter responses.
Question Number 1- “Did Jesus Get Married Or Have Kids?”
No. Jesus did not get married or have kids.
But I understand why you are wondering. It is one of our culture’s favorite conspiracy theories, popularized by Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code.’
The theory suggests that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, and that the early church covered up this marriage. This is intriguing, but not grounded in reality. Here is why:
The New Testament never mentions Jesus having a wife. Ever. If Jesus was married (or had kids?!) surely this would have popped up occasionally in the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, or others.
The fact that this is completely omitted is a strong reason why churches almost universally do not believe that Jesus was married.
Question Number 2- “Why did Samson tell Delilah his secret?”
I love this question because it comes from one of our elementary school students. In case you can’t recall this story, here’s a quick recap.
In Judges 16, Samson meets a woman named Delilah. Samson is an Israelite and he is feuding with the neighboring country of Philistine. Delilah makes a deal with the Philistines to discover what makes Samson so strong in exchange for a lot of money. (Did I mention that Samson has super-human strength? That’s kind of important to the story.)
Three times Delilah asks about Samson’s strength and three times Samson lies to her about what makes him strong. Finally, we are told that Delilah gets her way…
“How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me three times now and have not told me what makes your strength so great.” 16 Finally, after she had nagged him with her words day after day, and pestered him, he was tired to death. 17 So he told her his whole secret, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head; for I have been a nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, then my strength would leave me; I would become weak, and be like anyone else.”
Delilah sells his secret to the enemy army, and Samson is captured and killed shortly after.
Why did Samson finally tell his secret? The text does not tell us, so your guess is as good as mine. It appears that Samson believed that Delilah really loved him, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Samson decided to put his trust in her, and ended up paying dearly for it. Moral of the story, kiddos- pick your friends wisely.