While on my way home this week, I heard the song, Mary Did You Know, by Erin O’Donnel, on the radio. The song talks about, Mary did you know all the different things her baby boy would end up doing. Walk on water, give sight to a blind man, calm a storm with His hand, will one day rule the nations and so on…
I little history on Mary: an angel was sent to talk to Mary, most historians believe she was in her mid-teens. We are told about the encounter in Luke.
Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God…
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking my head would be spinning and I’d have a lot of questions! In my bible notes it says even though Mary didn’t really understand everything, she knew God was asking her to serve him and she willingly obeyed! I am from Missouri, the “show me” state. I think people everywhere tend to be, show me the bottom line… if I agree to this, what’s it going to look like for me? Or for my family? Sometimes there is something to be said for not having too much information. If I had been told the first year I was married, that my husband and I were going to have 3 sons and 2 of them were going to have special needs… I don’t know how I would have moved forward. I so appreciate what it says in Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
In another version of that verse it says, don’t worry about tomorrow when today has enough troubles! What we learned when we had those tough days or weeks, was that God gave us the grace as we needed it, not usually a moment before! He would whisper words of hope and encouragement into my heart.
I don’t know if you have ever watched the movie The Passion of the Christ? There are scenes in that movie that are tough to watch but it depicts Christ life all the way through to His crucifixion and His resurrection. I know the movie took some liberties, but something that brought me to another level of admiration for Mary, was the way it portrayed her relationship with her son Jesus. Seeing her care and love on Him as baby, as all healthy mother’s do. Then they show Jesus as a toddler stumbling and falling, as she came to his aide. We know Jesus was sinless, but I don’t think we consider that he probably still had his share of scrapes and bruises, like most children do. Then it shows Jesus as an adult son, being playful with His mom, splashing water at her and laughing. We always see Jesus portrayed as very serious, but I have to believe He smiled and laughed often!
As I listen to the song, Mary did you know, this week, I was suddenly flooded with emotion. Images from that movie flashed before me, of Jesus as a child and then as a young adult laughing with his mom… It made me stop and think, no, I don’t believe Mary knew all the amazing things her first born son was going to do. I also don’t believe Mary knew her only son that was without sin, was going to die a horrific death, to pay the price for all our sins!
Around Christmas we tend to think of the baby in a manger and it’s true we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, but… what struck me as I was listening to this song, was thinking of the man, Jesus grew into. When we celebrate my dad’s birthday, we don’t drag out the baby pictures and just talk about the day or week he was born. We celebrate who he is today!
A line in the songs says: Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you
Mary did witness her son’s crucifixion, but she also was the first to see his tomb was empty! We serve a risen King! The great “I Am”! Let’s celebrate who Jesus is today! Jesus’ story didn’t end when the bible was done being written, His story is still being written in each of us! Let’s share our story of Him, to others!