“Mary, Did You Know?”

Tomorrow December 25th is the day that Christians celebrate the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There are 2.1 billion Christians on the earth representing 33% of the world’s population. Christianity is followed by Islam (21% – 1.3 billion), Hindu (14% – 900 million), Chinese Traditional Confucianists (6 % – 394 million) and Buddhists 6% – 376 million). Ironically there are only 14 million Jews in the world, representing only .22% of the world’s population. Jesus was, after all, a Jew.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Confucianists, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, and Jews. While the deitys and worship protocol differ widely, practitioners of the world’s religions agree more than they disagree. Whether you are in Racine, Wisconsin, Bombay, India or Beirut, Lebanon there is a widely held acceptance that mankind holds an allegiance to a higher force. Corresponding to that belief is the responsibility to treat other human beings in a just and moral manner. Religion is literally a two-edged sword. It is a powerful, yet volatile force which can unite mankind in love or doom us all by fanning the flames of hatred.

Religion is the product of faith, as no one has yet succeeded in using the scientific method to prove the existence of God. Christians, in particular, accept Jesus Christ not simply as a prophet, but as God himself. To my knowledge, the deity of Jesus differentiates Christianity from all other word religions. In 1984 Mark Lowry was asked to write a little song as a meditation for a Christmas program at a church in Nashville. The song, “Mary, Did You Know?” has become a modern classic recorded by more than 30 different artists. For my Christian friends I print the lyrics of Lowry’s song below. Merry Christmas!

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;
the 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 kiss the face of God!
Oh 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
will one day rule the nations?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
is Heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping child you’re holding
is the great I Am!

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