One of my favorite songs of the Advent season is Mary Did You Know? Written by Lamont Savory, Buddy Greene, and Mark Lowry, this wonderful song proposes to remind, or perhaps even tell Mary about the child that she has delivered.
Scripture reveals that Mary knew all along that her baby boy would walk on water, give sight to the blind, make the death hear and the dead live again.
Shortly after being told by the angel of her divine pregnancy, Mary travels to Judah to see her cousin Elizabeth, who also was with child. When Mary greets Elizabeth, the child in her – who grows up to become John the Baptist – jumps for joy. Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit, and exclaims to Mary, “Bless are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:42, NRSV).
Mary is deeply moved by these amazing encounters – first with the angel and then with her cousin Elizabeth. Mary’s response can’t be contained in normal prose; her noble soul overflows in a song of praise.
In a passage of scripture known as Mary’s Song of Praise (Luke 1: 46-56), the mother of Jesus tells the world that she knows the importance of the baby boy she is carrying, when she says:
“I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened –
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten.”
Mary knew the importance of her baby!
However, the question is, “During this busy Christmas season, with shopping and presents, holiday parties and the like, do we know what Mary knew?”
Do we know the importance of Mary’s baby?