‘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.’
These words from Mark Lowry’s song brings to mind the thought of a very young mother holding a baby, not just any baby, but God in the form of a baby. The scene becomes even more thoughtful as we imagine all the things that must have been captivating Mary’s mind as she held him from birth, to the time he was a young boy, to the time she and Joseph would see Him leave their care.
And there is a touching scene in the film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. As Jesus carries his cross through the streets of Jerusalem being spat upon, mocked and cursed, Mary is shown watching her son as his staggering, beaten, tortured body ascends to that famous hill known as Golgotha. He stumbles and falls, the weight of the crossbeam crashing down upon his bruised, beaten and bleeding body. The scene cuts to a flash back of Mary running to a very young Jesus as he falls and scrapes his knee. Her motherly instinct takes over, tears in her eye as she runs to comfort the child, her child, the one she loves so dearly.
Although these are simply two thought provoking and emotional ideas and imaginations that have come from the minds of men, they do serve to help us see Jesus, the Son of God, Immanuel (God with us) as human, a man with a mother.
We are, however, also reminded in the song and film, that this baby, this boy, this man, is ‘Lord of all creation’ and that he is ‘the Great I AM’ who nevertheless willingly became human to become ‘Heaven’s perfect Lamb’ – our Saviour!