Mary was a young girl, probably only about 12 or 13 years old when the angel Gabriel came to her. She had recently become engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. Mary was an ordinary Jewish girl, looking forward to marriage. Suddenly her life would forever be changed.

Mary was fearful and troubled in the presence of the angel. She could never have expected to hear the most incredible news — that she would have a child, and her son would be the Messiah.

Although she could not comprehend how she would conceive the Savior, she responded to God with belief and obedience.

Although Mary’s life held great honor, her calling would demand great suffering as well. Just as there is pain in childbirth and motherhood, there would be much pain in the privilege of being the mother of the Messiah.

Mary was the mother of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. She was a willing servant. She trusted God and she obeyed his call.

The angel told Mary in Luke 1:28 that she was highly favored by God.

This phrase simply meant that Mary had been given much grace or “unmerited favor” from God. Even with God’s favor, Mary would still suffer much. Though she would one day be highly honored as the mother of the Savior, she would first know disgrace as an unwed mother. She would nearly lose her fiance. Her beloved son would be rejected and cruelly murdered. Mary’s submission to God’s plan would cost her dearly, yet she was willing to be God’s servant.

God knew that Mary was a woman of rare strength and obedience. She was the only human being to be with Jesus throughout his entire life — from his birth until his death. She gave birth to him as her baby and watched him die as her Savior. Mary also knew the Scriptures. When the angel appeared and told her the baby would be God’s Son, Mary replied, “I am the Lord’s servant … may it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38). She knew of the Old Testament prophesies about the coming Messiah.”

— Mary Fairchild, in “Mary, the Mother of Jesus” at About.com

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In the following music video, the popular Christmas song “Mary, Did You Know?” is given a beautiful performance by the a capella singing group Pentatonix.
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“Mary, Did You Know?” was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist, Michael English in 1991 and has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic, being recorded by many artists over the years across multiple genres.
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Mary did you know that your baby boy
Will one 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.
 
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’ve kissed the face of God.
 
Oh, Mary did you know…
 
Ooh…
 
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?
 

Did you know that your Baby Boy
Is Heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding
Is the great I am.

 

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