Mary, Did you know?

MARY did you know?
So I’m listening to the Pentatonix version of Mary did you know (insert fan girl coos here) and I’m thinking wait… let me open up my bible.
The Bible says

Matthew 1:18-25New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Conception and Birth of Jesus

18 Now the birth of Jesus [a]Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [c]to send her away secretly.20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been [e]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [f]He will save His people from their sins.”22 Now all this [g]took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name [h]Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”24 And Joseph [i]awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 [j]but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Luke 1:26-38New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabrielto Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 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,33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 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[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
So now that we got the biblical accounts… let’s delve to the lyrics.
Here are the lyrics….
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
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would 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 kiss the face of god
Chorus

Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?

Mary, did you know? Did you know?

Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?

Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?

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 heavens perfect lamb?

That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am
Chorus
All she knew at that point of conception was that she was going to birth the son of God. Conception by the Divine. She was favored by God and blessed. What an honor to be his chosen vessel to fulfill his prophesy.
Now back to the song with womanly, motherly, Christian and carnal feedback. (Don’t get me wrong I heart PTX- I love God more…)
This song got me thinking. What would I have done. Would I have been able to endure…. then I thought….
MARY, how much did you know?

Did you know the impact at that given moment?
When he was older and the disciples reported news of his miracles… did you believe? Did you know? Did you doubt?

Would I have doubted?

Would I have believed?

I do think she did believe, accounts of her role have always been supportive to her son and his role.

Did Jesus tell his mother “Ma, guess what our father had me walking on water”.
I would’ve responded like “Our fathers gonna give me a heart attack, he’s lucky he’s our creator because had Joseph sent you to walk on water, i would’ve knocked him out… putting my son out there in harms way.”

Or

It would’ve been “Jesus sweetheart, did someone lace your brownies?”
Let’s be honest….
Skeptism is second nature. (Carnal reaction)
Did she doubt some of the accounts?
Did she for that one second when she was told any of the accounts of what he had done, the miracles, the healing, raising of the dead?
When she would see her son preaching in the temples, seeing him speak in the square…. was she happy, proud of her son, was she scared for her son?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did she have a moment of motherly carnal instinct “please take me not my son?”

How many of us would’ve said that?
::insert raised hand here::

I probably would’ve pleaded…

I probably wouldn’t have.
Would you or I have been as strong as her to endure his suffering?

I’m sure she was suffering with him.

But again

MARY how much did you know?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

He will not only save all mankind but the child i birthed… save me? Dear lord how? (Did you ponder that?…. or did you know)?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would calm the storm with his hand?

I could imagine my look someone retelling me this…. “ok fellas how many Jugs of water did he turn in to wine? And how many did y’all consume?…. like I know he’s the son of God… but could he? Did he? God? ”

That would’ve been a natural reaction no?

Did MARY have a bond with God where he foretold her some of Jesus accounts so she wouldn’t be shocked? Did she have that much faith?

Where is your faith?

How would you fare in her shoes?
I love this part of the lyrics:

When you kiss your little baby you kiss the face of God.

I’m sure she knew …. knew that when she kissed her baby….this is the son of God…. here is the son of our living God… in my arms, in the flesh. Does he look like me? Or our father?
MARY did I you know:

The blind will see, the deaf will hear

The dead will live again

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
Holding him in that manger, cradling him in your arms, nourishing him…. did you know all the wonders he was going to do?

I know you knew he was special. I don’t doubt it.

As a mom holding my sons, I know they are special gifts from God. Though your son, wasn’t naturally conceived as mine were. There is no doubt to how special he is.

 

Mary, did you know that your baby boy is lord of all creation?
Did it dawn on you that he was the king, the messiah that had been prophesied in the ancient scrolls (book of Isaiah and Zechariah ).

 

That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.

When did it set in? Your son… the great I am. Did you know? Did it take for that to settle? The son you hold, you birthed, sent by God, is the I am.

I love this song… and even in thinking of each piece of that song … I wonder how would I have reacted? Would my faith in God have been strong enough to endure the witnessing of the fulfillment of the prophesy without fighting back? Without fully displaying my grief….. at the role chosen for our son. Did MARY have nights where she probably sat in a corner kneeling, praying to God… pleading for her son?
Did she have that open Chanel of communication with God? I am most certain MARY was chosen because she was spiritually strong enough to endure what was to come.

Would I have been strong enough?

You got to admire that about Mary.

Would you have been able to?
I am most certain God prepared her along the way. Some way, some how. Prepared her for what was to come. Prepared her to set the example to have faith despite what her son was physically going through.

It must’ve hurt.

It hurts me thinking about the emotions I probably would’ve been juggling in her shoes.

It hurts me re reading the accounts that unfolded during the crucifixion…. watching the brutal reenactments of what he went through .

It hurts me knowing what my savior underwent for me… for you…. reading this…. for our salvation.
Mary may have known, Mary may have not known. It’s a pity we don’t have her gospel…. it would’ve been nice to read her point of view.
Regardless of whether she knew or not…. one thing is sure. She is a lot stronger than me. Maybe stronger than all of us….but maybe just maybe…. I can be just a little stronger…. if faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains…imagine what faith the side of a grape can do…. faith the size of a lemon….. faith the size of an elephant. Faith the size of the Rockerfeller Christmas tree.
Father today we will be gathering with our families. Today we begin to celebrate the birth of Christ. Though we know that today/ tomorrow is not his actual birthday, but have observed it to honor the birth of the Messiah, the birth of our savior, the birth of the Son of God. To give you all the Glory. To thank you for all your blessings. To thank you for our salvation. Father many of us would’ve probably not been able to handle the role Mary had, to be the vessel whom you used to birth Christ. Many of us wouldn’t have had her strength nor faith in you to stand back and witness her son be laughed at, disrespected, spit on, beat, persecuted and crucified. Many of us would have begged and proclaimed for you to instead place us is in his place. Mary understood. Mary knew, Mary loved you, Mary had faith in you. Mary had strength…. which you provided. Father I ask for the strength you have MARY, for faith like hers to trust in you wholeheartedly. I thank you. I love you. Amen

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