“Mary, Did You Know…?” – I

Luke 1:30-33

(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 

     ✡   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 

     ✡   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.