Mary, Did You Know?
Monday, December 13th, 2010
It is hard to think of too many contemporary Christmas songs which have more meaning than Mark Lowry’s, “Mary Did You Know.” This song has been sung by many performers in many ways, but the lyrics to this song consider what it must have been like for Mary trying to fathom just who her son was. Below are the lyrics to the evermore popular song:
“Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?Mary did you know that your baby boy will 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 will give sight to a blind man? Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand? Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.
The blind will see, the deaf will hear and 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 will one day rule the nations?Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.”
Lowry’s lyrics portray just some of the things Mary might have considered as she thought about her little boy. After Christ death, one cannot help but wonder what she was thinking as she came to understand that her son really was 100% God. While it can be dangerous to put too much focus on what Mary’s thoughts may have been, Mark Lowry’s song combines our Savior’s humanity and divinity in a new way.
For those of you who are parents, when you hear something like: “when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God,” there is little doubt that your minds relate to how fragile and tender a new born baby is. This portrays Christ’s humanity. However, when we combine this concept of kissing a tiny baby with the idea that Jesus was God in flesh, it doesn’t take long for our minds to be filled with awe and amazement at the humility it took for God to come to this world as an infant child.
These words also bring to light how it had been foretold that Jesus would be a Savior to his people. For a mother to grasp that her son would not just die, but die for every sin of every person, would be a rather incredible thought. Mary was blessed with perhaps the closest relationship to God that any person has or will ever experience this side of eternity, and I feel that Mark Lowry’s song is an amazing way to illustrate this reality.
“The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory – the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father – and he was full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 [NCV]
“Mary Did You Know” is a song that allows us to grasp just what it means to believe in a God who became flesh. Mary held a child who would grow to be a redeeming sacrifice and a triumphant king. She was a comfort to him like our mothers were a comfort to us. What a blessing it is to know God wanted to save us so much that he would live just as we do in order to one day atone for our sins.
Perhaps you still do not completely believe that God would become a man. Just listen to this song and consider how impossible Mary would have thought it to be for God to come to our world in the form of her son, Jesus. Read about the life the Bible says her son lived. I pray that God will remove your doubts, maybe even this very night, and allow you to embrace the salvation God brought to us when He sent Christ to us.
Written by Timothy Hegerich – Edited by Caroline Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!
Want to listen to this song? Mary, Did You Know as performed by Mark Lowry.