Son, Mother | Devotion #2: Mary Did You Know?
John Rigg | Assistant to the Reach Pastor
One of my favorite songs of all time was written by Buddy Greene and Mark Lowry. The lyrics of this song are centered around this question, “Could Mary, the mother of Jesus, really comprehend who it was that she would give birth?”
Here is the first verse of that song which is titled, “Mary Did You Know?”
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’ve delivered will soon deliver you.
I am not sure how Mary could have fully understood the impact that her little baby boy would have on the world, but His future was not completely hidden from her. Shortly after Jesus’ birth, Joseph and Mary took their firstborn son to be circumcised and to present Him to the Lord. Simeon’s prophecy is recorded in Luke 2:34-35, “And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.’”
Simeon’s words became a reality 33 years later when opposition against Jesus developed as He proclaimed that He was the Son of God and that the only way to the Kingdom of God was by Him. Soon thereafter, Jesus was falsely accused, brought to trial yet found innocent. Nevertheless, He was beaten and scourged, then hung on a cross and left to die. John, the apostle whom Jesus loved, later wrote what he saw that day, “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:26-27).
At first, the words of Jesus appear to be disrespectful when He calls His mother “Woman” as He makes provision for her future care through His friend John. No doubt this just added to her sorrow as she recalled Simeon’s prophecy of the day when a sword would pierce through her own soul also. But by addressing Mary as “woman” instead of mother, Jesus was letting her know that the Son she once delivered was about to deliver her and become her Savior!
Like Mary, the death of Jesus should pierce through our own souls as we come to terms with the fact that He hung on the cross that day in our place.
Did Mary know that her baby boy came to make her new?
I am not sure.
However, I know He came to make it possible for you and me to be new.