MARY, DID YOU KNOW?

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” [Luke 1:30-33 (NLT)]Virgin Mary

A poor teenage girl, a virgin, found herself pregnant. When she first felt life in her womb, did she know that she’d give birth in a stable, that her child’s life would be in danger, or that they’d have to flee to Egypt? When she held Him to her breast, did she know that her infant son was the long awaited Messiah and what that would mean? As she taught Him to walk, wiped his nose, and bandaged his cuts, did she know that, rather than residing on an earthly throne, He’d sit at the right hand of God? As she proudly heard Him recite the Torah, did she know that He’d turn water into wine or raise the dead? When He triumphantly entered Jerusalem, did she know that soon she’d stand and watch as He suffered a criminal’s death upon a cross? As she sobbed in John’s arms, did she know her baby boy would rise again in three days? Could she have known that 2,000 years later nearly a third of the world’s population (2.3 billion people) would be His followers? Mary, did you have any idea of what the future would bring?

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you 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 the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.
[Mary Did You Know?  (Mark Lowry)]

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. [Luke 2:16-19 (NLT)]

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