Mark 15:37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”40 There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
The last two verses here are getting my attention this morning. There were “many other women”, along with the ones named in the passage, who followed Jesus and helped to provide for him financially during his ministry travels. Jesus was a young man in his early 30s and would likely have experienced the normal human instinct toward sexuality. So, what about that? Did Jesus have a love interest?
It’s interesting to me that the gospels remain silent on this issue. Why is that? Of course, the gospels remain silent on something as simple as Jesus’ appearance as there is no mention of his looks, his height, his build, or his physical characteristics in general. Apparently this was not considered important in ancient times. So it can’t be all that surprising that Jesus’ sexuality is omitted as well. But one would have to think that, as a normal healthy young male, he would have experienced normal sexual impulses.
I wonder, would it make a difference in how we see Jesus if there was some mention of his sexual impulses? Would it have made Christianity less prone to sexual repression over the centuries? Might there have been less inclination toward a celibate priesthood? I suppose we will never know, but it’s an interesting question.
Lord Jesus, the bible tells us that you were fully human, experiencing all the normal temptations the rest of us do, but without sin. Sexuality is a gift from God which you must have known in your lifetime. Give us Christians grace to steward sexuality well, to treat it with the respect it deserves. Amen.