As I downloaded Clay Aiken's version of my favorite Christmas song "Mary, Did You Know," I began to cry as the lyrics came to life. For just a few moments, I was transported to a Bethlehem inn where a tiny baby boy was cradled in His mother's arms.
Max Lucado describes the miracle: "He (Jesus) came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that first held him were unmanicured, calloused, and dirty ... Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, through the womb of a teenager and in the presence of a carpenter. This baby had overlooked the universe. These rags keeping him warm were the robes of eternity. His golden throne room had been abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen. And worshiping angels had been replaced with kind but bewildered shepherds."
I pictured the scene and wondered, as Mary held her newborn baby, did she realize she was holding the hope of the world, the one who was purposed in the eternal to be a living sacrifice for everyone, including herself?
Luke 2:19 says that Mary "pondered these things in her heart," but could she possibly understand what lay ahead for her newborn son? Aiken's song gives a unique perspective on this historic night:
"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...
The blind will see. The deaf will hear. 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 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 had delivered the ultimate deliverer. Could she understand that the entire world would be changed because of this infant?
More importantly, do you?