A recently discovered ancient text doesn't tell us anything new about Christ's marital status.
"A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife." It's a tantalizing claim and an irresistible headline. According to a New York Times article published today, a Harvard researcher has discovered an ancient Coptic document that includes the phrases "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ...'" and "she will be able to be my disciple."
If the document is real, and Jesus did in fact have a wife, the implications could be tremendous, the article says:
the discovery could reignite the debate over whether Jesus was married, whether Mary Magdalene was his wife and whether he had a female disciple. These debates date to the early centuries of Christianity, scholars say. But they are relevant today, when global Christianity is roiling over the place of women in ministry and the boundaries of marriage.
There's only one problem, though. The Bible itself refers to Jesus' wife, repeatedly. Only that wife is not Mary Magdalene or any other earthly woman. It's the church.
Christ calls himself a bridegroom throughout the New Testament. When the finger-wagging Pharisees ask Jesus why his disciples don't fast, he answers:
How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
In other words, Christ is the groom and his disciples are his friends—and it would be rude of them to abstain from eating while they're in the presence of the groom.