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December 22, 2011

posted Dec 30, 2011, 8:46 PM by Olivia Russ

Did Mary Know?

By Cindy Beall
This week's topic: The Real Meaning Of Christmas

There’s one song that never gets old to me. I’ve listened to Mary, Did You Know? every Christmas season for well over two decades and each time I hear the powerful phrases, I’m moved. Phrases like Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand and This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you. See what I mean? Goose bumps, friend. Goose bumps.

We don’t know much about Mary except that she was a virgin and probably in her early teens. According to Luke 1:28, we know that she was “highly favored” and that “the Lord was with her”. Even without a stunning resume, God used her. Sweet, little Mary who kept to herself and wasn’t a big “play maker” was invited by the Creator of the universe to change the world.

I think the reason He chose her is because of her willingness. Upon hearing how this would play out in her life, Mary’s response was, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)

Mary simply said yes to her Lord with no conditions whatsoever.

I wonder where you are in your life right now. I wonder how much of “you” you’ve truly surrendered. I wonder if you are living the truth that “your life is not your own” and that you’ve been “bought with a price.” I wonder what you are missing out on because you won’t let Him lead.

And I only wonder because I was once there.

Friend, we have a Messiah. His name is Jesus. He is the Savior of the world. He walked on water without a single bit of effort. He came and died to make you new. He gave sight to a blind man with some dirt and saliva. He woke up from a deep sleep and calmed a raging storm with his human hand. He fed over 5,000 people with a tiny bit of bread and fish. He does the miraculous.

And He has amazing plans for your life.

Scripture Of The Day: "He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel[e] forever; his Kingdom will never end!" - Luke 1:32-33 (NLT)