What Child Is This? The Voice of Mary

Series: What Child Is This

Sunday, December 17, 2017 | By Gary Holmes

What Child Is This? The Voice of Mary

The opening lines to William Chatterton Dix's famous Christmas carol ask a poignant question.

"What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping?"

Dix goes on to answer this question in part during the last line of the repeated chorus. This child is "the babe, the son of Mary." Luke's gospel tells how Mary's son would be conceived and that his name would be Jesus. Mary learns of this news in a unique and unforgettable way as recorded in Luke 1:26-35.

Why Mary? Why this Mary? Mary’s response to the angel seems to let us know of her faithfulness in the midst of an unsure future:

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

What can we learn about this child from his mother? What can we learn about this child for our own lives?

Gary Holmes


Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Matthew 28:1-10

Matthew 28:1-10

28:1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (ESV)

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