We sing Christmas carols. Do we know what they’re saying? Are they conveying Truth to the hearers?
A popular song today is “Mary, Did You Know?”*
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you. . . .
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God.
Of course Mary knew! The Bible says, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. . . . And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. . . . And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:26-28, 30-33, 35). Mary was well aware that she was the mother of the Savior.
Elizabeth knew, too! And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:41-42)
Joseph knew. Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:20-21).
The prophets knew.
The prophets knew.
- Micah—But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2)
Anna knew. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age . . . And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem (Luke 2:36a, 38).
The wise men knew. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him (Matthew 2:1-2).
The birth of Jesus Christ fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies, and His life and death fulfilled many more. The star, the town, the virgin birth, and many other details were foretold many years before Jesus was born. Jesus is the Messiah, the long-awaited One. He came to earth with one purpose, to save people from their sins.
Did Mary know? Absolutely! The Bible says time and time again that Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19).
Have a Wonderful, Biblical Christmas!
*“Mary Did You Know?” is by Mark Lowry, 1984.