“Mary Did You Know?” Christmas Devotional

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December 5

“Mary Did You Know?”

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know

That your baby boy has come to make you new?

And this child that you’ve delivered

Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know

That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby

You’ve kissed the face of God

Oh, Mary, did you know?

Mary, did you know?

The blind will see

The deaf will hear

And 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 will one day rule the nations?

Did you know

That your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?

And this sleeping child you’re holding

Is the great I am

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Today’s Devotion

Have you ever received a promise, a prediction, or a prophecy, only to have to wait for it to come to fruition? 

Perhaps you had been told you would be an amazing parent, but had to wait many years for your first child, overcoming losses along the way. Or perhaps you worked hard to earn a degree, but were unable to find employment in that field for a long time.

It can be very difficult to hold a dream.

In many ways, Mary didn’t have a lot of information about her unborn child. She knew that he would be known as the Son of God, the Messiah, and that he would play an important part in the future of God’s people.

Imagine being Mary, who as a young teenager was asked to carry the Son of God in her womb. In addition, imagine her being told that this baby will be the Savior of the world.

What do you think Mary thought? How did she hold onto all of this information?

What was going through her mind when she changed his diapers? When she taught him to eat solid foods? Helped him learn how to dress on his own? Guided him through childhood and helped him turn into a capable adult. Do you think she constantly had in the front of her mind, “This is the Son of God!”

Or did that thought slowly move to the background when Jesus turned out to be a normal baby and grew up as a regular child?

Jesus public ministry didn’t start until he was 30 years old. Think about it – for 30 years, Mary held the knowledge that Jesus was the Messiah.

Could you imagine holding on to an unrealized truth for so long?

Did she have any idea what kind of ministry life Jesus would have? The healings? The prophecy? The teachings? The opposition? The suffering?

I have come to believe that Mary did not know the vast majority of the details about Jesus life beforehand, and that on some level, she was just as surprised by Jesus’ ministry as anyone.

One of Aaron and I’s favorite scriptures is from John 16:12, where Jesus says:

NIV

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.”

NLT

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.”

You see, God usually only gives us a piece of the big picture at a time. That’s how God works.

Because, friends, God’s understanding is too much for us to bear. He may give a premonition, a promise, or a prophecy, but often he doesn’t give us the details of how, or even when, we will arrive.

That information too much to bear.

What if as a young teenager, the angel told Mary, “You are to give birth to the Son of God, and for thirty years, he’ll be your child until he starts his public ministry. At that point, he’ll be opposed and confronted by the leaders of this country for three years, when he’ll then be brutally beaten, crucified, and all will abandon Him.”

How could a human possibly bear that knowledge?

“Mary, did you know?”

I know that I personally have been very guilty in believing God has promised me a future path, only to get frustrated with God because it doesn’t seem to be happening. As I get older and grow in better understanding of how God interacts with me, I better recognize that I might not be able to see how I will get there, but I have to make the choice to trust in God, knowing that he has provided me with everything I need right now and this is all part of the journey.

Have you received a truth from God, only to begin to believe it will not materialize? Speak with God about this today. Ask him for peace, patience and trust in him as God brings all things together for your good (Romans 8:28).

Prayer Practice: 

Take a moment and place yourself in Mary’s shoes. Try to imagine what it would be like to know that Jesus is the Messiah, but to have to wait to see this come to fruition. Imagine her experience as the decades passed and it seemed as though nothing was taking place. How do you hold onto hope in the promises of God?

Try to listen to what God speaks to your heart about what he wants you to learn from him.

-Mary, how could how you have known?

 

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Alexis Waid

Alexis Waid

Alexis is a wife, mother, theologian, speaker and spiritual director.
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A devotional based off the Christmas worship song Mary Did You Know? Day 5 of the 25 Days of Christmas Worship Song Devotions.