While watching Larry’s Country Diner recently, I heard comedian, singer, song-writer, Mark Lowry make a statement that truly blessed my heart. Mark was quoting his late mother, Bev Lowry, who passed away December, 2013.
Mark said, “My mother called Jesus’ Mother, Mary, the ‘silent witness’. ” He went on to explain that Mary stood at the execution site while they were crucifying her precious Son and did not scream and cry out or even make a scene. “Why would she stand silently this way?” Mark asked. “If they had put me on that cross, my mother would have been screaming, ‘Get him down from there. He’s not God’s Son. He’s wasn’t virgin born. He’s just crazy’. Any other mother would have been screaming this as well, but Mary knew.”
Certainly after the resurrection, Mary knew, and she is a witness to the fact that Christ arose. Mary was among those who went to the upper room after Jesus’ ascension. A grieving Mother would never participate in a hoax during her time of grief. She knew… She knew that Jesus Christ was exactly who He claimed to be. She knew that He was qualified to take away our sin because He was sinless. She knew that He was the virgin born Son of the Most High God. She knew that He did not stay in that grave, but that He was resurrected on the third day. She had been with Him. She watched Him ascend and she went to the Upper Room to await His sending of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
When I think of Bev Lowry’s words, I know she is right. Mary knew.
Mary was a witness on other occasions as well.
At the wedding in Cana, when the host ran out of wine, Mary knew that Jesus could handle the situation. Jesus had begun His ministry and allowed Mary to know that He was not acting in the capacity of a son to his mother. Still Mary turned to the servants and instructed them:
John 2: 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Mary knew that Jesus was able. It appears she knew he could perform miracles, but certainly she knew that He was the Son of God or she would not have taken such a risk of being embarrassed in front of wedding guest.
Mary also witnessed to the magnificence of Christ prior to His birth:
Luke 1:46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. 50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty. 54 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
Therefore the words to the song, “Mary Did You Know” are simply rhetorical.