As I’ve said before, the great challenge for an artist–whether an author, musician, painter, or whatever–in depicting Jesus Christ is how to portray Him as both God and Man. In Christmas art, some work portrays Him in His humanness as a cute little baby. Other work, such as the classic icons, show the Child as transcendent God. Both are fine, conveying profound truths about who Christ is. But the very best art about Christ somehow evokes BOTH His divinity and His humanity.
I have a candidate, a contemporary Christmas song, that pulls this off: Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. Here are the lyrics. After the jump, a video of my favorite performance of the song, the haunting version by Kathy Mattea. [Read more…]