Mary Did You Know?
In the final days of young Mary’s pregnancy, she must have been filled with nervous anticipation about what was soon to happen to her body. As she and Joseph traveled by foot towards Bethlehem, many questions must have been swirling around in her head: Would labor be painful? What type of Mother would she be? What place could they find in this crowded city to deliver her baby? And as if all of this weren’t enough to scare her, she carried with her the joyful knowledge that this babe she was carrying was the very son of God. The weight of who had grown inside of her all these long months must have filled her with such emotion. And yet… was it even possible for Mary to know the magnitude of what this all meant?
Mary, did you know that this child you carried would someday perform miracles; that He would cure a leper, make a blind man see again, or raise His friend Lazarus from the dead? Could you imagine that He would feed a crowd with loaves and fishes that had multiplied at His command? Mary, did you know?
Mary, did you know that this baby would later become teacher for civilizations and generations to come? That He would show us about His Father’s love and unending mercy, which extended to every person who believed in Him. Could you conceive that your son would preach to the multitudes on the expectations God had for His people, and instruct us on the pathway to eternal salvation. Mary, did you know?
Mary, did you know that this Savior you would soon deliver would eventually deliver us all? That He would fulfill His holy destiny, according to God’s will? Could you have dreamed that the sins of the world would be forgiven because this babe turned boy and then man would be willing to suffer death on a cross in order to save the world? And that as His mother, you would have to witness His agony so that all of mankind would be redeemed. Mary, did you know?
Gentle and young and faithful Mary, who couldn’t possibly have known the divine destiny her baby Jesus was about to fulfill. On this holiest of holy nights, the only thing Mary really knew was that she trusted God, trusted Him with all of her heart.