(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)
It has become a modern classic recorded by over 500 artists. “Mary, Did You Know…?” was written by Mark Lowry as a dialogue for the 1984 presentation of the Living Christmas Tree at Thomas Roads Baptist Chruch! But the music was not composed for seven more years, until Lowry asked Buddy Greene, a Southern Gospel singer and song writer to come up with a fitting tune. It took Green 30 minutes to write the music! The rest is history!
Here are the lyrics:
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? 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! 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? This sleeping child you're holding Is the Great I Am! Oh, Mary, did you know?
Mark Lowry certainly captured both a lot of questions Mary might have had, but also many great Bible prophesies and fulfillments!
- Mary did you know That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
There is no prophesy in the Old Testament that the Messiah would walk on water. But He surely did, recorded in Matthew 14:25. Jesus had sent the disciples across the Sea of Galilee to the other side. By the very early morning, hours later, when it was still dark, the disciples were struggling against increasing wind and waves, “…Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.” Yes, He was Master over all, even to walk on water!
- Mary did you know That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Where to start? For there are several prophesies foretelling of the saving power of the Messiah! Here are five, four from Isaiah, and one from Zachariah:
✡ Isaiah 49:5 and 6 – “…the LORD says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant….‘I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’” ✡ Isaiah 53:6 – “...He was wounded for our trans- gressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” ✡ Isaiah 53:6 – “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” ✡ Isaiah 53:11 – “By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.” ✡ Zechariah 9:9 – “Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a don- key.” ✞ All the prophesies of God’s salvation are ful- filled in Jesus Christ! There are many New Tes- tament Scriptures that show this fulfillment. ➔ I think one of the best is found in Luke 19:10: Jesus said, “...for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save those who were lost.” ➔ This plainly stated fulfillment is found in John 3:16 and 17: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever- lasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
- Did you know That your baby boy has come to make you new?
In Ezekiel there are two prophesies of this divine newness – Ezekiel 11:19 and 36:29. Since God does not waste words, if something is written down twice in Scripture, such repetition designates its importance!
✡ Ezekiel 11:16 and 19 – “Thus says the LORD God ...I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh....” ✡ Ezekiel 36:22 and 26 – “Thus says the LORD God... I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” ✞ The fulfillment is described by Saint Paul in II Corinthians 5:17: “...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
- This child that you’ve delivered Will soon deliver you!
✡ King David wrote of God’s deliverance in Psalm 56:12 and 13: “I will render praise to You, for You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not delivered my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” ✡ Asaph was the leading temple musician in the reigns of kings David and Solomon. He wrote twelve of the 150 psalms in our Bible. Here is what he composed in Psalm 79:9: “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, for Your name’s sake!” ✞ “The Immaculate Conception is a doctrine of the Roman Catholic church that states that the Virgin Mary was free of original sin from the moment of her conception.” (Wikipedia). Mary was blessed in- deed to bear the Son of God! But was Mary sinless? ➔ There is nothing in Scripture that shows Mary being more than a very human young woman whom God chose to bear His divine Son! And so being human, Mary had a fal- len nature and needed to be saved! ➔ Did Mary need to put her faith in her son Jesus for her salvation? Yes! She needed a Savior like any other person! For in Luke 1:46 and 47 she began her Magnificat (her song of praise) with these words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has re- joiced in God MY Savior.” (Emphasis mine). ✞ Truly, this child that she delivered, also deli- vered her from the penalty of sin!
There are still many more prophesies and fulfillments hinted at in Mary Did You Know…? Let’s continue with this study in the next Gem.