Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38, 46-56

One of my favorite Christmas songs is, “Mary Did You Know?”  because it stands out as one of the “deeper” Christmas songs out there on the radio waves.  The lyrics lovingly ask Jesus’ mother, Mary, if she knew the answers to the posed questions.

I took a closer look at the words of the song and relevant passages in the Bible.  The moving lyrics say, “Mary did you know…This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.”  Mary and Joseph no doubt shared their angelic experiences with each other, and since an angel told Joseph in a dream that Jesus would save His people from sin, I believe Joseph (and Mary) thought He would deliver them from their sins too.  So in this case, yes, I think Mary knew that.

Another question for Mary was if she knew that her baby boy would calm a storm with His hand and that the dead would live again.  These are both questions about miracles and Mary would surely have heard about miracles of the Old Testament (e.g. God’s power over water in Moses’ life and power over death shown through Elijah and Elisha’s experiences).  She might have guessed that the “Son of the Most High” would have similar power.

“Mary Did You Know?” is no mere song but a Bible study sung from the heart.  If you decide to analyze the words for yourself, I think you’ll have a new appreciation for the lyricist, and feel even closer to God.

What’s so beautiful is that Jesus and Mary are in heaven, and if she does/did have questions, she can/could get answers.  Someday in heaven we can ask questions too, but in the meantime, let’s study the Bible, pray, and focus on celebrating Jesus this Christmas!

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