When Jesus was 19 years-old, Rebecca, a young girl of Nazareth, fell in love with him and proposed marriage to him at her 17th birthday celebration. However, Jesus had to refuse her proposal, breaking her heart. But, she remained loyal to him throughout her life.
Although Jesus was poor, he was highly regarded by most of the young women. Rebecca, the eldest daughter of Ezra, a wealthy merchant of Nazareth, was slowly falling in love with this son of Joseph.
Her father invited Jesus to their home for the celebration of Rebecca's seventeenth birthday.
Now he was face to face with another of those problems which every average human being must confront and decide. Indeed was he "tested in all points like as you are."
Jesus explained that he was not free to enter into relations with any woman other than those of simple brotherly regard and pure friendship, adding "If I am a son of destiny, I must not assume obligations of lifelong duration until such a time as my destiny shall be made manifest."
Rebecca was heartbroken. She refused to be comforted and importuned her father to leave Nazareth until he finally consented to move to Sepphoris.
Rebecca followed Jesus devotedly through his years of public labor, and she stood by the side of Mary on that tragic afternoon when the Son of Man hung upon the cross, to her, as well as to countless worlds on high, "the one altogether lovely and the greatest among ten thousand."