One of my favorite songs of the Christmas season is ‘O Holy Night’. For years, I have performed this on stage, singing my heart out to the One who made the Holy night happen. Another of my favorite contenders is an older song that was recently revived by the group, Pentatonix.
If you haven’t heard this a capella singing group, you MUST visit YouTube right now and look them up. Their Christmas album is absolutely stunning. Gorgeous, thick chords, and tight harmonies, with a fantastic rhythmic vocal. The solos are moving, especially in the favorite song I am talking about, ‘Mary Did You Know’.
This song takes the view of the virgin birth from the perspective of looking at Mary. A young girl, probably about age 14 or 15, now married to Joseph, probably a few years older, and living her life as a married woman, and mother to the Son of God.
The lyrics to this song are striking:
‘Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you….
I wonder. Did Mary know? We aren’t shown that side of her in scripture. She was visited by the angel, Gabriel, and told she would bear the son of God, and He would be called Jesus.
Can you imagine?
First of all, an angel of the Lord appearing before you might be slightly overwhelming, and then the angel telling you that you’re going to have a baby that is the Son of God?
The Bible records Mary’s response in Luke, Chapter 1. I encourage you to find this answer that Mary gives the angel, and reflect upon what this humble fourteen year old responded.
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God?
Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb!
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am?
Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know….
For me, the song brings this extraordinary experience of Mary to life. As a mother, I can feel the emotion contained in these words. Jesus was Mary’s little boy, but ultimately the Son of God. She nursed him at her breast, comforted him when he skinned his knee, cheered and encouraged him on in his young years, and was the one person who encouraged him in his first miracle of turning water into wine.
My heart swells at the thought of what Mary had encountered. In her humble response to the Lord’s request of her to bring forth the Savior of the world. Overwhelming.
There is no debate that Jesus walked this earth. His name is recorded in historical transcripts, and the historical accuracy of the Bible only solidify this fact.
So, it is the question of whether or not, you, the reader, knows. Do you know? That this baby boy is Lord of all creation? Do you know? The sleeping child Mary held, is the great ‘I am’?
Do you know, that this baby born, so long ago, has come to make you new? Hard questions for some.
I wonder and celebrate at the awesome majesty and miracle that His birth brought our world.
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