Noticing the Light • Devotion #5: “Mary, Did You Know?”

My favorite Christmas carol is probably “Mary, Did You Know? I appreciate the pace, theology, and how it makes one wonder.

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.

The song goes on to say the blind will see, storms will be calmed, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again, lame will leap, and the dumb will speak. This Lamb is Creator and will rule again. He is the Great I Am!

It is intriguing to speculate what Mary was thinking. Luke 1:28-33 says, “And he [the angel Gabriel] came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’ But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’”

I love her response in verse 34, “And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’” She does not get giddy or evaluate her son being king; she gets to the basics. She knows it is humanly impossible for her to be pregnant.

The story continues in verse 35, “And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.’” The angel Gabriel tells her that her child will be “the Son of God.” First of all, she had to be blown away that she was talking with a literal angel (it gives a whole new meaning to, “You had me at hello!”). Next, she is told that she will give birth to the Son of God by the Holy Spirit. Mary had a lot to think about.

When the shepherds arrived celebrating at the manger scene, Luke 2:19 records, “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Later, when Jesus was twelve and stayed with the religious leaders talking “shop,” Luke 2:51 records, “And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.” Mary had a lot to think about. I imagine it was a daily event.

In Luke 1:46-48, Mary records her response in a song, “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”

It appears Mary had a concept that she was carrying and gave birth to the Savior of the World. Yes, she “created” her Creator.

What about you? Are you taking time to think about what Jesus did and why He did it? It is clear from history that He died (and rose again) and Scripture says it was for us (in our place). The ultimate Christmas gift is salvation from God through Jesus. Think about it!

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