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Mary, Did You Know?

December 12, 2011

When I was little, my great aunt, Mary Alice, and I would play a game of choosing who we wanted to meet most in heaven. She always said Peter and Paul, because of their great faith. I always said Mary, because she was the mother of Jesus. I always wanted to be a mommy, and I could not—and cannot still—comprehend being the mother of Jesus, the greatest man who ever lived on earth and the Son of God.

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I imagine Mary, only a young girl, had many, many questions for God. Certainly, “Why me?” was at the top of her list. How did God choose her out of all the women in the world at that time? She most likely felt that she wasn’t the most wise, or the most mature, or the most faithful … and she was probably right. However, God choose her to conceive, carry, and give birth to His Only Son, Jesus.

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When Mary felt the baby move inside of her, did she know that He had already moved mountains and that all things were under His feet?

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22-23)

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When Mary had nowhere to go but to a stable, did she know that her baby was the King of kings and Lord of lords?

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. … On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 17:14, 19:16)

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18)

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When Mary gave birth to this child, did she know that He would bring a new birth to all of creation?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-4)

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When Mary comforted His cries, nursed her baby boy, and wiped away His tears, did she know that He would do the same for all of mankind?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” (1 Corinthians 1:3)

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

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When Jesus wrapped His tiny fingers around Mary’s, did she realize her Son created the entire world with His outstretched hand?

“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

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When the shepherds came to see her tiny newborn son, and later the Wise Men came as well, did Mary know that her son already had authority over them … over all things?

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ ” (Matthew 28:18)

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When Mary wrapped her baby in swaddling clothes, holding His body against her own, did she realize that His body would someday be beaten for her sins … for my sins … for your sins?

“Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.” (Isaiah 52:14)

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 1:3)

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Did Mary realize that God had used her, a woman, to bring forth His salvation through a baby named Jesus?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) 

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Mary, did you know?

“But Mary treasured up all these things and
pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) 

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Do you know?

“Jesus loves me, this I know … “

 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Ashley Kerth permalink
    December 12, 2011 9:17 am

    Oh, Christi…. This one is right up there with my other favorite “My Father’s Lap.” LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. Thank you!

    • December 12, 2011 2:03 pm

      Thank you! I think it’s one of my favorites, too. I should put “Written by the Holy Spirit”! 🙂

  2. December 12, 2011 10:03 am

    I love this! One of my very favorite Christmas songs, and something so fantastic to really think about.

    • December 12, 2011 2:04 pm

      Thank you! This song and “Breath of Heaven” make me tear up every time! Two of my favorites!

  3. Corrie permalink
    December 12, 2011 10:05 am

    I love each post more and more!

  4. December 12, 2011 10:26 am

    So touching. Too painful, in a way, to think of deeply.

    But I imagine Heaven so bright with His presence that I won’t be able to focus on anyone else.

    • December 12, 2011 2:05 pm

      Thank you! And you are right … His presence will wash away any tears and questions or anything else we may have thought and felt on earth! Holy, Holy, Holy!

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