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 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—.
Music by Buddy Greene
Lyrics by Mark Lowry
She was a an unwed teenage mother whose fiance, knowing the child wasn’t his, married her anyway amidst an unforgiving community with clear cut rules concerning what should have been done to her.
The traditional Jewish wedding of her day was a week long party. When the groom’s father had the new room ready for the newlyweds, the groom knocked on her door and took her. She was to be carried through the streets by her friends and family and so the festivities commenced. Did Mary have to give up a traditional wedding or worse, did no one attend?
Put her away or stone her. This pregnancy wasn’t imposed. The angel asked her. She said yes.
We know little else. We can only speculate on her and Joseph’s relationship. Was Joseph resentful? Did he treat the boy Jesus too sternly? How did they weather the glances and the whispers? In Jesus’ adulthood, into His ministry, He was still referred to as “Mary’s son.”
And then, after doing their best, He claims to be the Son of God, no less. If the initial angel appearance and one dream were their only signs, that and their faith was all they had to affirm their decision to marry and raise the boy together. What I wouldn’t give for an angel appearance! In fact, I have had my belief in Jesus confirmed supernaturally more than once. I can tell you for a fact that as I’ve proceeded from those special moments, the enemy is right there in my ear to tell me it was my imagination and I have to think, remember, and say, no, that was real. How easy it would have been for Mary and Joseph to give up.
By the time Jesus’ ministry began, historians suggest Joseph had died. Whether he died or slipped into the background, or simply left Mary, he isn’t mentioned again after the trip to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve. Joseph was no where to be seen when Jesus was on the cross. Apparently none of Jesus’ siblings was willing to take Mary in. Was there family discord concerning Jesus and His claims of deity? One of the 7 statements concerned the care of His mother.
Mary knew Who He was and what He had to do. Scripture says she pondered in her heart the circumstances around Jesus birth. Gnostic writings say that Jesus, as a young boy, would raise dead birds back to life. True or false? Who knows? Does that fit your image of Jesus’ later ministry? Maybe, if not resurrected wildlife, there were other undeniable signs that Mary knew about as He was growing up. Why else would she expect Jesus to “do something!” at the wedding in Cana? She knew something others didn’t. The unusual goodness of His behavior compared to her other “normal” little rowdies would tell it for me.
Those around Him called Him crazy. His siblings called him crazy. If Mary believed Jesus to be even delusional by calling Himself the Messiah, would she have stood by silently watching anyone torturing her misdirected son before her eyes? She was helpless to stop it anyway, but silent? Just standing there?
Put yourself in her sandals. Do you see yourself silent or begging for his life? Do you see yourself standing or being held back as you are trying to claw your way toward him to protect him, screaming all the while? Do you see yourself back at the house, prostrate, hysterical, being held down, or on Golgotha, standing near Him, watching? In Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, we see Mary at the foot of the cross scooping rocks in her fist as if to defend or avenge. But scripture says in John 19:26 that she was standing near with John, and I suggest John was literally holding her up.
Did she know that this baby she rocked in her arms was the Savior, the Messiah? That’s what the angel said. Did she know that she was in need of saving and that His blood had to be shed for her too? Yes, maybe not that day, but soon after.
Simeon said to Mary in the temple in Luke 2:35 that a sword would pierce through her soul.
I honor Mary’s obedience, faithfulness, and courage in the face of constant adversity and the ultimate pain that only a mother would endure. Though favored of all women, she didn’t have it soft.