Mary Did Know

Okay, so it’s advent and Christmas songs are everywhere and I love that, and there’s this song that once made me cry because I thought it was really touching, and the song is called “Mary Did You Know?”

I believe the version by Pentatonix is the one everyone is playing.

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?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

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 the storm with His hand?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Mary did you know

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
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 would one day rule the nations?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

 

Yes, it’s a very powerful song. And yet, as I was reading this article about Mary, it suddenly hit me that Mary did know. After all, an angel came to her and told her all about the baby she was going to be carrying. It’s not like this baby was a normal baby who turned out to be God-in-human-form. Instead, both parents knew that this baby was special. That this baby was Immanuel — God with us.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart.

Instead, it was people around Mary who had no idea who this baby was. “Oh look, what a cute little baby!” her neighbours cooed. And Mary smiled, politely, thanking them, all the while thinking “if only they knew!”

And maybe as we listen to this song, it’s not Mary we’re questioning. Maybe it’s ourselves, because maybe as we celebrate Christmas all we remember is the cute little baby, and not the fact that this baby is the great I AM. And it’s important to remember this, because it would change everything. It would make Christmas that much more significant.

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