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I still remember how to sing “Mary, Did You Know?”. Oh, I never sang the solo, but for years I sang the choral part and loved it. Dressed in Hebrew costumes, we held lit candles as we made our way through the sanctuary to the stage, and knelt in a semi-circle asking that timeless question—Did you know?
Mary, a godly girl, a willing maidservant, did you know what you held that first Christmas night? Did you know that you held the hope for every soul? The power that would crush all evil? The love that would show us the Father?
Did you know that you held in bodily form the God who parted the Red Sea, stopped the mouths of lions, and rained fire from heaven? Did you know that you cradled the Savior of the world? That you gave birth to the great I AM in human form?
According to her song, I think she did (Luke 1:38, 46-55). Did she think of it in those terms? I’m not sure, but I imagine so. Do we?
Do we stop in the hustle and bustle of Christmas to consider what great miracle happened that night? Every nativity scene we see is a reminder of the love, mercy, and selflessness of our God who left heaven to become one of us so He could die for each of us. Every Christmas is a reminder that the Son of God left His celestial home so He could make the heart of every believer His permanent home.
Christmas is lovely because of its lights, decoration, and music. What makes it beautiful beyond description is the act of the Creator becoming one of the created so they could know Him forever.
One day we’ll get to ask Mary just how much she knew and understood. She may ask us—Did you know, and what did you do about it?
With the knowledge we have of the true meaning of Christmas, let’s use every opportunity to spread God's love and light this Christmas. Every time we can, let’s say “Merry Christmas” or “God bless you” or “Is there something I can pray for you?”. I’ve been surprised how many people say “Merry Christmas” in return. Perhaps people are hungry for the love that God demonstrated in sending His Son to earth. We know why He came, and we can share that with our words and our lives.
Merry Christmas, and may God’s love hug you a little tighter this Christmas! God bless you.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? …” Isaiah 40:21, NKJV
Copyright © 2013 by Katy Kauffman
Christmas, Jesus, the reason for the season, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies