Friday, December 9, 2011

12 days til Christmas: Mary, did you know?

This is one of my favourite songs to listen to at Christmas time.  It really stirs my heart and thoughts to wonder what Mary must have pondered in her heart as the story of her first born son unfolded before her.  

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.

She waited for His arrival, I know she greatly anticipated His birth.  It was her first child, her first pregnancy, her first very own maternal experience.  If you've had children, you will remember your "firsts".  The first pregnancy test, the first trip to the doctor, the first ultrasound, or the first time you heard it's heartbeat.  

Mary had a lot of reasons to be anticipating this little child.  But she also was an Israelite, from the tribe of Judah.  Her whole childhood would have been steeped in tradition, and teaching, and learning all about her Jehovah and how He has promised to send a Ruler to set them free from their captivity.  She was anticipating her Messiah.  

And the angel Gabriel came to this young woman, a young woman who was waiting to be married to Joseph, and told her that SHE was going to give birth to a son.  God's son.  Her Messiah.

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.

But Gabriel didn't say "Mary, you are going to give birth to God's son.  But don't get too attached to him, because when he is still a young man, he will become the sacrifice for the sins of all humanity."  No-one sat her down to let her know that this Child, indeed He is God's Son, but that He was going to be punished in our stead.  In her stead,  But I wonder if she knew.

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.

What was Mary thinking about when that little Babe entered the world?  What was on her mind when the shepherds came to worship this little One, when she heard about the angels declaring His birth.  

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."  Luke 2:14

What was she thinking about when she and Joseph took their precious newborn child to the temple, and Simeon proclaimed that her baby was the Salvation for the whole world.

"The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him." Luke 2:33

And then Simeon blessed her specifically, telling her that her son will bot be accepted, but He'll be opposed, and her won soul would be pierced.  Luke 2:34-35  Was she still marvelling at this moment?  Did she switch from being in awe to having concern, fear?  Did she want to just hold the baby (her baby?) closer to her chest as they travelled home?

I wonder if she knew at all what her precious, helpless, 8 day old son was going to face for the Father's purpose and His kingdom.

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.

What I would do in Mary's situation?  I have given birth to a son who we knew was going to die.  He was sick, there was little hope any doctor could give us.  All we could do was to prepare ourselves and ou family for the inevitable and hang on to a tiny thread of hope, all the while trusting our Creator God for His grace and peace.  

I just wonder if Mary had a divine revelation of sorts.  If perhaps God whispered into her heart that this little Babe was God in the flesh, that His purpose was far greater than she could even imagine.  Maybe, although it's not recorded for us in scripture, but maybe God spoke His grace and peace into her soul to prepare her for Jesus' childhood, adulthood, ministry, death.  And I wonder if He comforted her as she begun to watch Him grow and then realise that He is indeed the Great I Am!

Do you think she knew?


  1. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this song and your heart thoughts about it. Bless you lovely girl. Big hugs xoXO

  2. That's one of my favorite songs! I'm so sorry about your loss...

  3. Thank you ladies. I have been thinking about writing this post for a while, so I am glad I finally made sense of it all and wrote it out. I sing this song all festive season. Just love it.

    And welcome to my blog Susan. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting :) Made my day :)


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