The Gift in the Manger

December 25, 2014

From the Concordia Family to yours: Merry Christmas! Today's post was written by Concordia Deaconess Heather Wathall. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially around this time of year. Enjoy!

Mark Lowry’s song Mary, Did You Know? is all over the Internet this season with different artists sharing their beautiful arrangements. The song explores with wonder the relationship between the virgin Mary and her Son – God’s Son, our Lord Jesus. The song brings into perspective the miracle of our Savior’s birth to a humble girl from an unknown town. What did Mary know about her Son?

Christmas Ad 2014The verses are here:

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 the storm with His hand?
Mary 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 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

Apart from Scripture, we can only speculate about what was revealed to Mary before it took place.  However, Luke’s Gospel fills in many details for us.  Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that this Child would be the Son of God (1:35) and that He would be the fulfillment of God’s promise to David (1:32-33).  In her song we call The Magnificat, Mary herself tells us that she recognizes that it is God who has done great things for her and He is holy (1:49).  She rejoices in God her Savior (1:47) who is showing His mercy in the events unfolding before her and that mercy will continue generation after generation (1:50).

Did Mary know the miraculous details of her Son’s life on this earth?  It’s nice to wonder about it.  But we can be certain that Mary knew that her Son was the Savior.  The name given to Him bears this out:  “You shall call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). The name means “the Lord is salvation.” The angel who appeared to Joseph also gave this name, as well as the explanation: “for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Each time she spoke His name, she would be reminded that “the Lord is salvation.” What a beautiful gift.  

As we ponder anew the Gift Mary so gently laid in a manger, may we also keep in mind that Jesus is our Lord, our Salvation, for He saves you and me from our sins.

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