A Star and a Face are Treasure?

A star and a face are treasure? Some might not think so. Yet, what if they hold an astounding link and unfolding secret?


A star appeared—not just any star—but the Star of Bethlehem. Many in heaven and on earth witnessed its far-reaching illumination in the night sky. God the Father lit an extraordinary candle to hover overhead and brighten a dark, cramped stable—a single baby’s face. This newborn, both man and God, stirred and squeezed the heart of His mother for she, more than anyone, had tasted the awe and glory of the Holy Spirit at heaven’s request. But at this moment as she cradled Him in her arms, drank of his features, and realized the reward of giving birth, He was her treasure for safe-keeping.


I can picture her studying the face of her baby, the curve of His sweet puckered mouth, His gently batting eyelids with lashes so thick they fluttered against His cheeks as he roused and slept. His fuzzy ear so soft when she ran a finger down the side of it—memorizing it— met her sensitive touch and sent a tingle of joy throughout her mother body.

To God the Father this visage of His only Son enthralled and engaged—unlocked mysteries harbored since the fall of man. His son thrived for the consummation of redemption and restoration. To the Father the face of Jesus was a mouth of truth, eyes of eternal love, ears open to receive His instructions, and a heart willing to be surrendered for all mankind. Prized and beloved was this face to the Father.


“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the FACE of Jesus Christ.”

(2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJ)


When my firstborn arrived, I never clearly saw her face. Oh, I had a glance of her, lying still in a cold, metal basin, but near-sided as I am, my memory of her is blurred to this day. Whisked away into a dark corridor where shock was expected to pretend she never existed, I instead met the Father. Heaven came down and held me close. I’d never understood the Father’s great love for me until I comprehended what He’d so freely given up. I could not have been so generous.

Months sped by, and I was able to say it was worth losing my daughter to know my Heavenly Father. I was changed, and would never be the same. He touched my mother heart with gladness in the middle of loss.


A second born, a son, came to me a year later, and I cannot find words for how I  filled with gratitude and appreciation to God. This face, haloed by silvery blond hair, made me a mother—a role I was created and designed to walk in.

My son? A gift—to be prized and protected. I cannot tell you how often I stroked his face—so thirsty to note every inch of him. He had a wrinkle of loose skin over the bridge of his nose. Quite unique. I wondered why. Time told he’d need that extra fold of skin to grow his nose. I would often speak Isaiah 43:1b over my son.

“I have called you by your name, and you are mine.”

When his brother joined our family, this boy had the reddest hair and the bluest eyes. Oh, how those crystal blues lit up his face. I hovered over him like that star of Bethlehem saying;

“I have called you by your name, and you are mine.”

When God sent our infant daughter from South Korea, I was quick to notice that like me, she had one prominent dimple.

“I have called you by your name, and you are mine.”

A small boy came home to us at the age of seven from another region of South Korea, and his smile could not be matched. He grinned so big it often threw him off balance.

“I have called you by your name, and you are mine.”

Our five-year-old daughter from the Philippines followed. She had the smoothest brown skin and high cheek bones. Though one eye a tumor and the other white from an old and useless cornea, she was beautiful to me.

“I have called you by your name, and you are mine.”

Our last child would be a boy, and he had a single large chocolate-drop eye and a Jack Nicholson grin—a bit mischievous.

“I have called you by your name and you are mine.”

Precious faces—six more children alive with light, curiosity, hope, and passion.

What does this have to do with Mary? I cherished the faces of my children as I’m certain she did her son’s—overwhelmed at the goodness of the Father for such a gift—the gift of life. Only more so. Mary’s understanding of her son’s destiny lingered in the air she breathed.

That verse I mentioned above in 2nd Corinthians 4 leapt off the page and welled on my insides. The light shines from darkness and springs up into believers’ lives because we’re no longer blinded to the glory of God. It comes to us through the knowledge of the FACE of His only Son. Jesus said in John 14:9: “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”


The light shines from darkness and springs up into believers’ lives because we’re no longer blinded to the glory of God. It comes to us through the knowledge of the FACE of His only Son.



The next verse 2nd Corinthians 4:7 says: “We have this treasure (Christ and the Holy Spirit) in earthen vessels (dust and clay) that the excellence of the power may be of God and not us.”

The word excellence in the Greek means to throw beyond, or God’s preeminence—His incomparable magnificence dwells within us. What shines in our hearts like the stars in the sky should shine on our faces. He has said to those who believe:

“Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, and you are mine.”


God values us so much He told Abraham that his descendents would be like the stars in the heavens. Not JUST innumerable, but not a single star is made up of the same properties. Their atoms, chemicals, sizes, temperatures, colors, and brightnesses are unique—not two alike. And as human fingerprints or the microscopic makeup of a snowflake are unlike, we are exquisite and one-of-a-kind.


I lost something rare and beautiful on this earth—an irreplaceable daughter. God asks us to lose ourselves to live for Him. He paid the rare and beautiful worth of His Son. “You are not your own…” (1 Cor.6:19b) “You are bought with a price…” (1 Cor. 6:20a) Jesus said in Matthew 10:39; “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

When Jesus transfigured and raised to sit at the right hand of His Father the Word tells us in Matthew 17:2 that His face shone like the sun. What is the sun? The largest of stars we see with our human eye.


Allow me to give you a note of hope and expectation while we wait on God to reveal Himself to us in all His richness. The Old Testament priests would pray over the people: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His FACE to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His COUNTENANCE upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:25)


He fulfilled this through the remarkable giving away of His child.


I am sure Jesus had physical attributes similar to His Father. My biological children have my likeness. The Word says we’re created in God’s image. Our Father has a face. And we will know Him in His completeness at the revealing of His features. “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”(1st Cor. 13:12)

A star appeared—the Star of Bethlehem. God the Father lit an extraordinary candle to hover over His Son.


Each man since has been born into a world where the redemption of the Father is seen through the knowledge of who His Son is. Jesus is the only way to God.

Jesus called himself the Bright and Morning Star, the root and the descendent of David in Revelation 22:16.The morning star appears for a bit in the evening but is brightest before day breaks. Jesus—new every morning.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJ)


Is it mere coincidence that the brilliant, celestial Star of Bethlehem broke through the night skies to lead people to the face of the Christ, and that Jesus—the Bright and Morning Star—bursts through the darkness of men’s hearts to point them to the Father?

What about now? We see and know the triune God through the FAITH FACE of scripture (believing what we cannot see).


“And the Word was made flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father…” (John 1: 14  NKJ)


Is it then a mystery that Revelation 1: 12-13 speaks of Mary’s son? It reads: “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me… One like the Son of Man.

We learn in Hebrews 14:12 that the Word of God is ALIVE and sharper than any two-edged sword. Revelation 1:16 goes on to say, “…Out of His mouth came a sharp two edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.” The two-edged sword refers to the written Word of God (the Son of God), and “Face like the sun shining in its strength” is a reference to the transfiguration of Christ—in all His glory and splendor.

In Him was the life and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot comprehend it.” (John 1:4-5)


What about the face no one has seen? The One who caused the face of Moses to glow from standing near Him? God told him, “You cannot see my face for no one may see Me and live.” (Exodus 33:20 NKJ)

There will be a time when the curse of this planet will be broken and a new world will be ordered. When this happens the Word tells us: “They shall see His (The Lord God’s) face, and His name shall be written on their foreheads. There shall be no night there. They need no lamp nor light of the sun for the Lord God gives them light…”


Yes, there will be a day when we know God in all His fullness. We will see His unprecedented FACE. He will no longer be invisible to His own.

In my mind’s eye I can see this event unfold, and I can imagine God the Father saying to us…

“I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name and you are mine from everlasting to everlasting.”


We will then gaze into His glorious countenance along with His perfect and beautiful heart of love and find ourselves saying back to Him:

“I have called you by your name, Father, and You are mine—forever and ever.”

When we find The Bright and Morning Star the coffers of heaven open wide. Our faces become the jewels of His treasure box. We glimmer and shine like the stars in the heavenlies. His unmatched glory becomes a part of who we are by the Spirit. Our parent, God the Father, observes our features, strokes us with tender admiration, waits with eagnerness to reveal Himself to us, and whispers in our ear untold secrets.


Listen for His Whispers



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