The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 3:16

As we go through life, I don’t think there is any greater need than to be loved and cared for. Maybe you feel that you are loved or maybe you think no one cares. Whatever situation you are in, one thing I know for sure is Jesus loves you more than you can dream or imagine. No matter what you have done, Jesus has always been there. That does not mean He approves of everything we did, but it does mean that He loves us in spite of our short comings and failures. 

In our story, Lazarus had died and now his loving Savior Jesus arrives at the tomb. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” [1] John 11:39-44.

Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is a foreshadowing of our future resurrection. Lazarus at some time would die again, but his life would continue in heaven with Jesus.

Jesus loves us so much that he died for all of our sins upon the cross. Jesus us tells that in John 3:16, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.[2]

The greatest love story ever told is the one of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He has made a way for us to enter the throne room and live forever with Him in heaven. 

Jesus came to show us that He desires a relationship with us. He longs for us to receive His unconditional love. He took our guilt and shame on the cross and daily provides us grace, and mercy, and a chance to start over. Jesus came to serve us and be sacrificed for our foolishness. He wants us to feel and experience this kind of love. 

How is knowing you are loved unconditionally by Jesus life changing? Take time today and soak in the love of your Savior knowing someday He will resurrect you. 

Listen here to hear the whole story of Lazarus: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-lazarus


[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 11:39–44, Jo 3:16). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 11:25

I remember talking with a coworker one day before work began. As we visited, I never thought that he would be in eternity before lunch time. Later that morning, my friend would go home and die of a heart attack as he entered his house. Suddenly, the importance of Jesus in my life took on more importance. We can get so caught up in the world that we forget that our life is only temporary. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. If we do know Jesus as our Savior, not even death can interrupt our relationship with Him. Nor can death interrupt our destiny of heaven. 

In our story, Lazarus has died. Jesus travels to Bethany to see his sisters Mary and Martha.

17 When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” 25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” [1] John 11:17-26.

When we are alive, we have a tendency to think this life will go on forever, even though we know that is not true. When a loved one passes into eternity, we must take a look in our own mirror and ask the question, “Where will I go when I die?”  Suddenly, reality begins to set in. 

Where will you go when you die? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? This may be the most important question of your life. To know Jesus as Savior gives us hope in this lifetime and the time to come. To know Jesus as our Savior and to step into eternity means stepping into heaven itself with all its splendor. 

Consider saying this prayer out loud right now: “Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So, God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now.

I am now saved. Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You. Amen!” 

Listen here to hear the whole story of Lazarus: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-lazarus


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 11:17–26). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 8:12

A few years ago, we took our children camping at Yellowstone National Park. After dark, we would take the kids to the ranger talks in the campground. There were no streetlights in the wilderness; it was so dark that you needed a lamp or small flashlight to find your way. The path was clear, but only if you had a light. With a light we easily found our way to our destination. 

In our story Lazarus has become very ill and his sisters send a note to Jesus to come quickly. Finally, Jesus receives the note. But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days. Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” But his disciples objected. “Rabbi,” they said, “only a few days ago the people in Judea were trying to stone you. Are you going there again?” Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. 10 But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light.”[1]

Earlier in John 8:12, Jesus spoke to the people telling them He was the light of the world. “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” [2]

In the story, Jesus contrasts walking in the daylight verses stumbling in the dark. This happens not only in the physical world but in the spiritual world. The majority of the people in the world today are walking without the Light of Jesus to light their path. They walk around in life blinded to what life and eternity are all about. This blindness lets them choose to go through life apart from God. If a person does not repent and turn back to Jesus as their Savior, this dark path leads to hell. What a sobering thought. 

With faith in Jesus as our Savior, we have the Light of World to guide our path through life and into eternity in heaven. It is a great adventure to let the Lord lead you, protect you, and mold you. 

Where is the Lord calling you to follow His light no matter where it leads you? When we trust the Lord, He will transform us in ways only He could imagine. 

Listen here to hear the whole story of Lazarus: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-lazarus


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (John 11:4–10, John 8:12). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Psalm 3:5-6

Have you ever had to wait for something a long time? It could be waiting for a job, a health concern, for a relationship to be healed or another important aspect of life. What did the Lord teach you through this situation? When these events occur in our lives, we don’t often think that the Lord is using this to teach us. Only in retrospect do we begin to realize that through that situation we grew spiritually. 

As we look at the first part of our story, Lazarus is quite ill. His sisters send a note to Jesus requesting Him to come quickly in order to heal their brother. 

There was a certain man who was very ill. He was known as Lazarus from Bethany, which is the hometown of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary did a beautiful thing for Jesus. She anointed the Lord with a pleasant-smelling oil and wiped His feet with her hair. Her brother Lazarus became deathly ill, so the sisters immediately sent a message to Jesus which said, “Lord, the one You love is very ill.”[1]John 11:1-3

Evidently Lazarus is so ill that the only hope he has is Jesus. Place yourself in the scandals of Mary and Martha. Your brother is ill, and you have sent a note to Jesus, but you must wait for Jesus to come. They are waiting on God. While they are waiting on Jesus to come their brother dies. The question is: what can the Lord teach us while we are waiting?

  • Psalm 27:14 – Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. [2]
  • Psalm 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. [3]

One of the most difficult things in life is trusting in the Lord and not depending on our own understanding. It is often when I have to wait on the Lord that He is able to teach me about trust and dependence. He uses these times to grow us spiritually.

When we wait on the Lord and focus on God’s help, it cuts away life’s attractions, diversions, and illusions.

Listen here to hear the whole story of Lazarus: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-lazarus


[1] The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

[2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Pr 3:5–6). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 1 Peter 1:6-7

Why do we go through so many trials in our life? What can the Lord teach me in my trials? Do have questions about trials that you want to ask the Lord?

When I was six years old, I found myself in the midst of my first major trial. Grandma Riechers was dying of thyroid cancer. I can remember going with my mother and grandmother to the hospital for grandma’s treatments. I can remember that grandma couldn’t speak after they removed her larynx. Even though I was just a small child, the memories are burned into my mind. After she died, I can remember thinking that if I died, grandma would be in heaven to meet me.

I didn’t realize at the time how much the Lord was teaching me through this difficult experience. In our story of Lazarus, his entire family is enduring a trial. Lazarus is very sick, and his two sisters, Mary and Martha, are somewhat overwhelmed by the situation. 

There was a certain man who was very ill. He was known as Lazarus from Bethany, which is the hometown of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary did a beautiful thing for Jesus. She anointed the Lord with a pleasant-smelling oil and wiped His feet with her hair. Her brother Lazarus became deathly ill, so the sisters immediately sent a message to Jesus which said, “Lord, the one You love is very ill.” John 11:1-3

As our story unfolds, Mary and Martha are looking to Jesus to bring healing to their brother. Trials often cause us to look up. We can no longer depend on ourselves or someone else, but only the Lord. There is something about being dependent on the Lord that is life changing. 

We read in 1 Peter 1:6-7 – You should greatly rejoice in what is waiting for you, even if now for a little while you have to suffer various trials. Suffering tests your faith which is more valuable than gold (remember that gold, although it is perishable, is tested by fire) so that if it is found genuine, you can receive praise, honor, and glory when Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, is revealed at last.

Are you going through a trial right now? Have you experienced significant trials in your past? I find it reassuring that the Lord is with us in our trials. He brings good out of the most difficult times of our life. Trials are not easy and many times they don’t turn out the way we would like them to. My grandmother was healed, but it was in heaven. Prayers were answered, but in a different way.

Take the loving hand of Jesus as He walks with you through the trials of life. Listen here to hear the whole story of Lazarus: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-lazarus

 The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Psalm 9:1

There is something about being thankful that changes my heart. Being thankful affects me and those around me. Just six days ago I underwent hernia surgery and now am in recovering. I am thankful that I was able to be to be surgically repaired. I am thankful for an amazing surgeon and other staff who performed the surgery. I was blessed with outstanding nurses and everyone along the way to help me get better. The Lord blessed me, giving me greater insight on how much He cares for us and that He heals us in so many different ways. 

Each day as I have recovered, I have spent some time being thankful about some part of my recovery. I have discovered as I have done this, I look at this not as a pain to go through, but a time where the Lord is teaching me so many different things. 

Below are some wonderful Bible verses to reflect on in being thankful. 

  • 1 Thess. 5:18, Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. [1]
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34, Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. [2]
  • Psalm 9:1, I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. [3]

In our story of the Lost Son, the older brother chose not to be thankful that his younger brother returned.

27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ 28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ 31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’ ” [4] Luke 15:27-32.

In this strange twist in our story, the Lord shows us how destructive thanklessness is and how it affects those around us. The good news is being thankful is a choice! What can you be thankful about today? Who can you be thankful for?

To hear a conversation about the Parable of the Lost Son, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-character-of-the-divine-intruder


[1, 2, 3, 4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Th 5:18, 1 Ch 16:34, Ps 9:1, Luke 15″27-32). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Luke 15:10

I grew up on a farm and the wonder of little animals being born was always very special. I can remember being with my father and watching little pigs and calves being born. There is always something special about seeing a new life unfold. 

In our story of the Lost Son, he became like a newborn. He was not born physically but spiritually, and this is where we pick up our story today. 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. [1]

The young man was described as dead because his relationship with his father was dead. He was dead in his sin. When his relationship with his father was restored, he was again connected to the father and was alive. Jesus writes about being connected to Him spiritually when He talks about the vine and the branches. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.[2] Luke 15:5-6

In Luke 15:10, Jesus gives us insight into the celebration in heaven when one person becomes a believer. In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” [3] Just as the father called for a celebration when his son went from death to life, the same thing happened when you became a believer in Jesus. Wow! There was a special day when the angels of heaven celebrated your new life. That was when you came to know Jesus as your Savior!

Who do you know that needs to hear the good news of Jesus and to experience new life in Christ?

To hear a conversation about the Parable of the Lost Son, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-character-of-the-divine-intruder


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Lk 15:20–24, John 15:5-6, Luke 15:10). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Eph. 2:7-8

They say unforgiveness is like taking poison and hoping it hurts someone else. The older I have become, the more I have become aware how many people deal with unforgiveness. The good news is Jesus came to set the captives free. He can also set you free today! The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:13,  For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. [1] You may not be able to forgive, but as we ask the Lord in prayer, He gives us the strength to do something we could not do on our own. 

In our story, the lost Son humbly returns after he has squandered all of his father’s money. What would his father do when he saw him? We pick up our story in Luke 15:20-23.“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast.[2]

The father was filled with love, compassion and forgiveness. The lost son was welcomed back to the family. The father was not filled with bitterness and unforgiveness. The chains that could have entangled the father were broken, and they were broken by forgiveness.

Forgiveness is life changing and that is why Jesus died for our sins on the cross. No matter what I have done, I can go to our heavenly Father and ask to be forgiven. I will not be turned away or looked down upon. The parable of the Lost Son is a picture of who our heavenly Father is. When we approach Him to ask for forgiveness, He gives us His love and compassion.

Is there something you need to forgive? Do you need forgiveness? Ask your heavenly Father, He is waiting with open arms to loving receive you. Take the brave step and approach your Father because He wants to free you of the burden of your sin.

The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:7-8,  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.[3]

To hear a conversation about the Parable of the Lost Son, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-character-of-the-divine-intruder


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Php 4:13, Luke 15:20-23, Eph. 2:7-8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Eph. 3:12-14

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.[1] Matthew 9:36. As you read this brief passage you begin to receive insight into the heart of our Savior Jesus. He first looks with his eyes and this moves His heart to fill with compassion. He does not complain about how the people should have been doing this or that. He does not rush to judgment. He sees their real issue. They need a shepherd because they are like helpless sheep. 

As the Lost Son returns home, what would his father do or say? As he travels home, he was probably filled with these questions. What happens when I sin and fall short and ask my heavenly Father to forgive me? Our story from Luke 15 of the Lost Son gives us insight into the heart of our heavenly Father. “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.[2] Luke 11:20

In both of these passages (Mat. 9:36 & Luke 11:20) we see the heart of God towards others. This is the same heart the Lord has for us. And in turn, the same heart He wants us to have for people around us. 

Paul writes in Ephesians 3:12-14 –Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.[3]

Do you want more love and compassion for others? Pray and ask the Lord for the fruits of the Spirit so you have the same heart He does for others. Let the potter do His work in you!

Isaiah 64:8 – And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. [4]

To hear a conversation about the Parable of the Lost Son, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-character-of-the-divine-intruder


[1, 2, 3, 4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mt 9:36, Luke 15:20, Col. 3:12-14, Isaiah 64:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Is God calling you today? Is He calling you to go down a different path? Is He calling you into a closer relationship with Him? Is He calling you to encourage you along your spiritual journey? Is He calling you to tell you that He loves you? Is He calling to tell you that He will never leave you? What is Lord speaking about to you right now?

In our story of the Lost Son from Luke 15, the Lost Son made many bad decisions and found himself without friends or food. Then something happened. God called. Yes, God did call. He called him to come home like a loving parent. From Luke 15:18-20 we pick up our story.  18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.” ’ 20 “So he returned home to his father.[1]

The young man humbled himself before God because he was responding to the work of the Holy Spirit in his heart. The Holy Spirit was calling him to turn from his sin and turn back to his heavenly Father. 

The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 1:18 –  I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.[2]

It is a powerful experience in our life when we respond to God’s calling. His call is tailored just for you and what you need today. Praise the Lord, the Divine Intruder is calling you as you read this devotion. 

To hear a conversation about the Parable of the Lost Son, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-character-of-the-divine-intruder


[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Lk 15:18–20, Eph. 1:18). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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