Mary The Mother of Jesus

The birth of Jesus in a manger.

The season of winter brings with it a time of year that we call Christmas time. We come together with family and friends and share love in the way of hearty feasts and gift-giving. And, while it is a festive time of year, the true reason for the season is in recognizing the birth of Jesus.

Every year, I listen to a song that is probably my favorite song of the season. This song, “Mary Did You Know?” addresses the woman who gave birth to baby Jesus. This song asks the most profound question of the mother who gave birth to the greatest person on earth – Jesus.

Yes! Mary Knew

Yes. Mary knew that her baby boy would be the Son of God. Mary knew that her son would be our Savior.

In the Bible we read the story of the angel who came to the virgin Mary to tell Mary she was going to give birth to a king:

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But, the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over shadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:26-35

Who is the Great I AM?

In the song, you will hear the name, The Great I AM. I want to take a moment to explain that I AM is the name God gave himself. You can read more about God’s name by reading the story where Moses is at the burning bush and asks God to reveal his name, God replies “I AM.”

God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM.” And he said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”

Exodus 3:14

In the Hebrew language, I AM is the holiest name for God in the Old Testament.

The Song: Mary Did You Know?

In the following song, singer Jordan Smith, finalist in the television show called The Voice, sings a wonderful rendition of Mary Did You Know?

His Name is Powerful

We who believe in the Name of Jesus are protected by His Power.

Father and son.
We are stronger when we team up with our Father.

We who believe in the Name of Jesus are protected by His Power. Our God is Almighty. He is awesome! He gives us the wisdom and guidance we need to live in a world where things seem to be falling apart all around us.

The enemy is busy creating disruption everywhere. He is working hard to confuse us, to disorient us in every way that he can. We only need to open our eyes to see chaos. He lies to deceive us. Those who believe his lies are subjected to his defective ways. He latches onto those who are gullible and easy to persuade. And, once the evil one snags a weak one, he is like a leech, draining them of their wisdom and their ability to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord. In their affliction, they, in turn, try to infect us with their faulty behavior, hoping we will join them on their downhill journey to the bottomless pit of the everlasting fire. They will only succeed if we let them.

We who believe in the Name of Jesus have the power to overcome anything and everything evil. Do you know that it is better that we not mind the things that are happening in our lives and in this world, but to mind our heart and soul? We are better to remember that our God loves us so much that He could no longer bear to see us struggling in sin. So, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to stand in for us. Jesus took on the burden of our sins so we could have forgiveness.

When I contemplate the depth of the love our Heavenly Father has for us… all of us… I just want to bow down and worship Him.

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6 (New International Version)

One of the most powerfully uplifting things a person can do is find a place in their home that is dark and quiet. And then sit in that place and pray. Sometimes when we sit silently and whisper the name of Jesus, it allows the Holy Spirit to surround us. These quiet moments are where we will find strength to ward off the evilness of this world. When we feel ourselves falling down, we can quickly gain strength simply by calling out the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

We can also find peace in music that worships the Lord. The following song is quiet and peaceful. It is a song about how there is no name greater than the name of Jesus. No name comes anywhere close to Jesus’ name. We are no longer slaves. We are daughters and sons of Christ. When we say His Name, we are blessed. We are lifted up in the Name of Jesus.

Song Title: Light Up
By:  Integrity Music – Written by Aaron Baxter, Sem Schaap and Hannah Waters
Year: 2019

His Name is Powerful and we are blessed because of Him.