This Week’s Song: Mary Did You Know?

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David Bahn-Reflections Podcast 

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

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

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. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

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I had no idea. How many times have you said that? I had no idea that you were listening… I had no idea it was that hot. I had no idea it would end up like this. Life is full of the unexpected. We might think that knowing what will happen will save us from major missteps. Beyond the ability to have picked Apple stock when it was $10 per share (or take your pick and price), we imagine knowing the future will help us avoid bigger mistakes.

Mary didn’t know all that Jesus would do. But she might have had some ideas. She had been told that he child would be the Son of God. She had been told that he would save his people from their sin. She had been told that his birth was a miracle of the Holy Spirit. She was told his name, and the eternity of his reign. She may not have understood it all. She could not have known fully what the future would hold.

Knowing the future, however, can spoil the pleasant surprises of life. Most important, God does not need us to know all that is to happen in order for us to be a part of his story of redemption and life in his kingdom. A roadmap to the future would be a hindrance, not a help to a life of faith. We may know how certain things will unfold in life, but knowing will not necessarily keep us dependant on God. We may want to know. But God want us to trust.

I love the images of the song…Jesus walking on water, healing sons and daughters, giving sight to a blind man, kissing the face of God. This is an invitation to look forward to Jesus’ life and ministry with anticipation every time we read the Gospels. It’s like watching The Chosen and knowing the stories of Jesus’ ministry, but delighting to see how they will be portrayed.

Jesus is God in the flesh. His ministry impacted thousands in his day, and millions since that time. The mystery and wonder of the incarnation is explored here, and I especially enjoy how this song helps me ponder these things.

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 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 kiss the face of God

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 heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great, I Am

Mary, did you know? (Mary, did you know?)
Mary, did you know? (Mary, did you know?)
Mary, did you know? Oh

Songwriters: Mark Lowry / Buddy Greene
Mary, Did You Know? lyrics © Greensleeves Publishing Limited, Word Music, LLC

PS: You might find it interesting to read this biblical examination of the song.

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