Posted by: mikenicholsblog | December 20, 2012

what we do know

Songs of the season are familiar to everyone. Last Sunday night my wife and I sang Christmas Carols with a group of seniors. The average age of the group was certainly north of eighty-five years old. Those folks could mouth the words of every song from memory. It struck me today that most of them had been singing these same songs for over 80 years. Wow! I have been singing them for over fifty years, and although I know there must be some newer songs of the season, I couldn’t name any.  Except for one! I’m fairly certain you have heard of the only one I can name … “Mary, Did You Know?” by Mark Lowry.

Every time I hear that song, there is an emotional response.  Something about what Mary knew and what she didn’t know fascinates me.  Very quickly after hearing the classic words of this song, I typically move on to something else, and often the words (and their meaning) don’t linger. You may feel the same way, so I wanted to rehearse with you a few of the lines from this newer song of the season. Just maybe, they will cause you to reflect on His majestic birth and awesome power. Remember, we are celebrating that God became flesh, and that truth can never be overstated.

Take just a moment to reflect on some select words from this song that you have heard, enjoyed and maybe never stopped to internalize.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on Water?

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Jesus did walk on water.  And He will give eternal life to anyone who puts their trust in Him for salvation. Can you imagine raising the Son of God in your home? Mary fixed Him meals, gave Him baths as a child, never had to punish Him for misdeeds, and was probably profoundly impacted by the infinite capacity of His greatness. But could she have imagined Him on the water, or that He would one day die on the cross for us?

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?

When you kiss your little Baby, you kiss the face of God?

My Savior (and I trust yours) did heal the blind man, and He still can and will heal today. Never let your soul become so barren that you doubt His ability to do what doctors only wish they could do. One of the thrills of every parent and grandparent is giving that special little boy or girl hugs and kisses. Mary undoubtedly loved to give the baby Jesus those same hugs and kisses. I get chills just typing the words that she was kissing the face of God. Could she have imagined in any way the depth of His specialness?

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is the Lord of all Creation?

This sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great I Am!

We find in Scripture that by Him (Jesus) were all things created in heaven and on earth. But on the day that Christ was born, and Mary held Him close, what must she have been thinking? She was holding the Lord of all Creation to be raised in her humble home. He was called Immanuel—which means God with us. My mind races in wonder trying to wrap my arms around what Mary sensed and knew about Immanuel in her home. Today we have Scripture, history and the Holy Spirit helping us worship the Lord of all creation – the Great I Am.  Mary had an angel’s pronouncement that the Lord was with her and that she would give birth to the Son of God. She knew His name would be Jesus, but I can only imagine what she sensed and wondered as that Holy Child grew up in her household.

I admit that I am fascinated by one of the newer songs of the season, “Mary, Did You Know?” On Christmas Day, we will celebrate what we do know – that hope was born on that day.  The child that Mary raised grew up and walked on water, healed the lame, calmed the storm, raised the dead and died on a cross, and then to top it off, rose from the grave … ALL FOR US!

On this earth, we’ll never know all that Mary really understood. But I am so glad that this song of the season reminds me that Christmas is about the Lord of all creation, the great I Am….. Savior of all who accept Him!

For those who are interested, click here to view Mark Lowry singing “Mary, Did You Know?”


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