Saturday, December 23, 2006

Did Mary Know?

Dear Readers,

I will be taking a break for the next 4 or 5 days to spend time with my boys.  Feel free to wander through the archives :) I wanted to leave you with some thoughts about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Did you know that Mary was probably only about 12 or 13 when the angel appeared to her - yet her answer showed such meek submission to God's desire to use her.  She had to have known what this would cost....her reputation, the reputation of her family, the loss of Joseph and perhaps even the loss of her own life - stoning an adulterous woman was not unusual at that time.

Surely Mary was familiar with the scriptures - don't you think she knew what Isaiah foretold about the Savior - the humiliation, the beating, the scourging....the crucifixion - it was all prophesied.  Imagine, if  you will for a moment, holding that new and helpless little baby and knowing these things were in His future. As much as her mother's heart had a desire to protect Him, save Him....the prophecies must be save her and all of mankind.  She had to be ferociously protective of that helpless Babe...could we be as obedient as Mary was?  I can't imagine the joy and heartache combined....and to live that way as you raised your child....always knowing.....knowing you could do nothing to save Him because God had ordained it all....what obedience...what submission....I stand amazed at Mary....

One of my favorite Christmas songs was written by Mark Lowry and it is entitled "Mary Did You Know?". Here are the lyrics to that song:

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some 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 a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh 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?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great--I--- AM---.

May your Christmas celebration be centered on Christ, may God bless you through this season and the next year as you strive to make Jesus the center of your home in all things.

Merry Christmas!

Cheri a/k/a The Tennessee Farmgirl

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