Many Christmas songs elicit images and emotions of peace and tranquility. Some may find comfort and encouragement from classic Christmas songs and often these songs bring back cherished memories. Christmas songs serve that purpose well and I too have come to appreciate many classic Christmas carols. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and Silent Night are probably my most favorite Christmas songs.
But unfortunately, often the accuracy of these songs as compared to the biblical narrative is considerably off target. Many times the actual text has taken a back seat to meter, rhyme and the desire to creative those “feel good images.”
For example, We Three Kings is woefully unbiblical. The Magi weren’t ‘kings’ and they weren’t from the “orient.” We don’t even know if there were “three” but it’s a nice song.
There is no Little Drummer Boy in the Nativity scene. This too is a cute idea, but I wonder how many people think that song is based off the bible?
And speaking of Nativity scenes, the bible never mentions anything about camels and sheep being there. With shepherds present after His birth, sheep are a logical addition, but camels? Probably not.
Over the past decade one relatively popular Christmas song has been Mary Did You Know? It’s a peaceful, thoughtful song posing a series of questions to Mary asking her is she knew who the Child really was that she carried, birthed and raised. This may be an interesting question for those who are unfamiliar with the actual story. From the general direction of the song, one might easily come to the conclusion that Mary had no idea of who this Child would grow up to be. The problem is, Scripture is quite clear on what she thought. She knew EXACTLY who He was.
In Luke 1, the angel who informs Mary of her impending pregnancy tells her quite plainly that this baby she would be giving birth to and raising would have these following qualities:
He would be great – vs 32
He would be called the Son of the Most High – vs32
God would give Him the throne of David – vs 32
He would reign forever – vs 33
He would be the Holy One – vs 35
He would be born of a virgin – vs 35
He would be called the Son of God – vs 35
Mary seems to perfectly understand all this when she responds in verse 47 that He (her Child) would be her savior. Finally she states that all future generations would call her blessed in verse 48. In fact Mary’s discourse on who Jesus is might be one of the most beautiful and complete passages in the entire bible (Luke 1:46-55) regarding the message and mission of Jesus – the Child she was carrying.
So, as the song goes;
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?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.
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?
Mary’s answer to these questions is, “Why yes, I did know. The angel plainly told me and I indicated I knew. It’s written down for you in Luke chapter 1.”
There is nothing wrong with the song and I have no direct issue with it. My problem arises from the fact that in our modern culture many Christians are so illiterate about the Bible that they don’t know that Mary knew!
If you love this song, go ahead and sing it. Just don’t get your theology from this song or We Three Kings or The Little Drummer Boy. Get your theology from the Bible.
Mary knew who He was. Do you?
Many Christmas Blessing My Friend!