Today's song is called "Mary Did You Know?" by Mark Lowry. Most of you have probably heard this song as it has been around for years and has been performed by countless people. I thought this would be a great choice for today's study as we think about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have chosen this YouTube video of Jeremy Camp singing this song to share with you. If you want to hear other performances, just search on the song title, and many artists will come up. Now, I want to look at each verse and share the scripture that goes along with these song verses.
"Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you."
Matthew 14:25-27 "Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. 'It’s a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'"
Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
John 1:12-13 "Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God."
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
God is all powerful, and there is no other name in which we can be saved. His blood was shed to cover your sins and mine. When we depart this earth and stand in the presence of God, He will not see my sins because they are covered in the precious blood of Christ. Are your sins also covered by the blood of Christ? Have you been made new? If not, will you ask Him to make you new today? And if you are a believer in Christ, how do your actions show that you are a new creation of the King? You will probably be surrounded by various friends and family this Christmas season, will they see you as His new creation?
"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 a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God."
Matthew 12:22 "Then they brought Him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see."
Matthew 8:23-26 "Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!' He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm."
1 John 5:20 "We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him who is true by being in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."
Jesus' actions always cause a response. The winds and the waves even respond to Him. And not only can He calm the storm but He can calm our hearts and the storms in our life and give us His peace. He existed before this earth, and He humbled himself to come to this earth as man to suffer, to know what it is to be tempted, and to be able to truly identify with us. When you think no one understands your situation, remember that God does. He is there for you! He loves you and has lavished His love on you.
1 John 3:1a "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
"Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am"
John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made."
Psalm 22:28 "For dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations."
John 1:29 "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"
Exodus 3:14 "God said to Moses, 'I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you.'"
In the John 1:1-3 verse above, the word "was" shows us the eternal status of Jesus. Because Jesus is God, man can intimately know God. Billy Graham writes "The virgin-born baby was God in human form. He humbled Himself, He took the form of a servant, He was made in your likeness and mine, He identified Himself with the problems of the human race. And thus it was that the apostle John wrote, The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, as of the only begotten of the Father.) John 1:14"
During this Christmas season, will you focus on Jesus Christ who came as a baby to save you? Will you share this true meaning of Christmas not only with your words but with your actions? Share with someone who may not know of His great love for them. Let them see Jesus in you! And if you are looking for a great book to read and keep you focused, I highly recommend "The Cross, the Cradle, and the Crown" by Billy Graham. It is only $1.99 for the Kindle edition, and $2.99 for the paperback on amazon.com.
For my creation today, I again chose to make Scripture Art Cards. I really love that I can use several verses, and they just look so pretty in my book. :) I kept the colors of these cards a little darker and added burgundy and green for the Christmas season. The scriptures I chose were 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 1:1-2, and Acts 4:12. I really wanted to use the 1 John 3:1 verse because I love how He has lavished His love on us. But I am going to do a separate art journaling page just for that verse because it is one of my favorites. :)
I love to create these cards, and they are so easy to do. In our Glory Art 2015 study, I will share tips on how I create these and other tips throughout the year. If you have not signed up or joined our Facebook page, please see complete details in my post by clicking here.
Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Thanks for joining me, and may you have a blessed and joyous Christmas!
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