This time of year, thoughts of people around the world turn to the birth story of Jesus. A popular song, “Mary did you know?” asks several questions like “Did you know your baby boy would one day rule the nations… that this child you delivered will soon deliver you?”
In Max Lucado’s book, God Came Near, he asks Mary 25 questions:
What was it like watching him pray?
How did he respond when he saw other kids giggling during the service at the synagogue?
When he saw a rainbow, did he ever mention a flood?
Did you ever feel awkward teaching him how he created the world?
When he saw a lamb being led to the slaughter, did he act differently?
Did you ever see him with a distant look on his face as if he were listening to someone you couldn’t hear?
How did he act at funerals?
Did the thought ever occur to you that the God to whom you were praying was asleep under your own roof?
Did you ever try to count the stars with him … and succeed?
Did he ever come home with a black eye?
How did he act when he got his first haircut?
Did he have any friends by the name of Judas?
Did he do well in school?
Did you ever scold him?
Did he ever have to ask a question about Scripture?
What do you think he thought when he saw a prostitute offering to the highest bidder the body he made?
Did he ever get angry when someone was dishonest with him?
Did you ever catch him pensively looking at the flesh on his own arm while holding a clod of dirt?
Did he ever wake up afraid?
Who was his best friend?
When someone referred to Satan, how did he act?
Did you ever accidentally call him Father?
What did he and his cousin John talk about as kids?
Did his other brothers and sisters understand what was happening?
Did you ever think, That’s God eating my soup?
As a mother, I’ve wondered what Jesus was like as a child and what kind of memories Mary held close to her heart. Mothers all believe their children are capable of greatness, but Mary received first-hand information from an angel that her son would be the Savior of the world. Yes, she knew! On at least one occasion, she came to see him at work. She encouraged the first miracle. She was there at the crucifixion. She gathered with the disciples, praying and worshiping after the church began. Human babies enter the world completely dependent on their parents for every need. Jesus gave up the throne of Heaven, humbly lived on this earth, and suffered the death of a criminal. His mother took care of him, but He chose her to be the woman to give Him life.