The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Do you need some good news? The best news we can ever receive is the good news of Jesus. The good news is Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins. He rose again and each person who places their faith in Him will have eternal life. As we begin our walk with Jesus, He begins to transform our life. In addition, our faith in Jesus changes our eternal destination. 

John 3:16 tells this amazing message of the Gospel. “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. [1]

No matter who you are, one day you will stop living. Then what? Where will you spend eternity? The Lord loves you so much that He made a way for you to enter heaven’s gate. Jesus tells us in John 10:9, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.”[2] By placing our faith in Jesus as our Savior, at death, we will be taken to heaven to live in the house of the Lord forever. What an amazing thought!

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Cor. 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” [3] That certainly sounds like good news to me. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, take time to ask Him to be Lord of your life. If you are a believer in Jesus, think of someone in your life who needs to know Jesus.

In our story of the Ethiopian and Philip, it was Philip who was given the gift of sharing the good news with the Ethiopian. What a privilege the Lord has given us to share such a life changing gift. 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 3:16, Jn 10:9, 1 Co 2:9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 41:10

Have you ever needed help, and someone unexpectedly showed up just at the right time? I remember not long ago I was in the Mexico City Airport and needed help but didn’t speak Spanish. Just at the right time a young man who could speak Spanish and English happened to be there to help me. He did not work at the airport, but was just coming by to meet someone, and in the process helped me. In our story, the Ethiopian was struggling to understand the text he was reading. At just the right time Philip was directed by the Holy Spirit to help him. 

 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. 32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 33 He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. [1] Acts 8:29-35

God is aware of the situation you are currently in, whatever that may be. He is the good shepherd who cares for each sheep and knows them all by name. Our Savior is the God of intervention. He is the Divine Intruder who knows every detail our lives. Many times in life we may think a helpful encounter was by chance, but it was really a God appointment to help us along our journey. 

Give thanks and praise to the Lord who sends people to help us along our journey of life.   Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. [2] Isaiah 41:10

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 8:29–35, Isaiah 41:10). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 3:16

There is no greater need in life than to be loved by someone. The Lord has built the need to be loved and the ability to love others into our very existence. The love of the Lord for us is a repeated theme throughout the Bible. Some people grew up being loved. Others may be struggling because they may not feel loved by another person. How do I work through that problem in life? 

When I begin to understand the depth of the Lord’s love for me it changes how I see myself and the Lord. In our story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, we see the depth of the Lord’s love for us in the following passage. 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. 32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 33 He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. [1] Acts 8:30-35.

The Ethiopian was reading a prophecy from Isaiah about Jesus. It described what Jesus would have to go through when He died on the cross for our sins. 

Jesus says 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]

Paul also writes in Romans 5:8, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”[3]

As we examine those passages, we begin to realize our Savior has a deep love for us. It is so deep that He died for our sins and took the punishment we deserved. He did all of this because of His love for us and His desire for us to place our faith in Him as Savior. 

As a believer in Jesus, you are a son or daughter of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. His love for you is unparalleled and unwavering. 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 8:30–35, John 3:16, Romans 5:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 14:23

Do you want to make an impact in the Kingdom of God? Do you want the hear the following words when you enter heaven? ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ [1] Matthew 25:23.

I know I would like to hear those words when I come before the Lord. If you do also, what should you do as a believer in Jesus? In our story of Philip and the Ethiopian the Holy Spirit gave Philip specific direction. Acts 8:29-31 –The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. [2]

The key to be a faithful servant is to obey. Philip was obedient to what the Holy Spirit was telling him. As a result, he had an amazing effect on the Ethiopian. To grow in obedience, ask the Lord in prayer to help you obey. The Lord loves to answer those types of prayers. Why is this so important? We often need supernatural help to follow the Lord because we are selfish people. As we look back, we are glad we were obedient, but at the time we sometimes struggle. 

In John 14:23, Jesus speaks to the connection between love and obedience. Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.[3]

When we obey the Lord, it changes us and those around us. 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1, 2, 3 ] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mt 25:23, Acts 8:29-31, John 14:23). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 14:26

The older I become the more I realize that I need the Lord’s guidance. Maybe you feel the same way. There have been times in my life where I made decisions without consulting the Lord. Usually those types of decisions were selfish and self-serving. 

The good news is that we don’t have to wander through life making one poor decision after another. If we truly seek the Lord, the Holy Spirit will guide us. John 14:26 says, “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” [1]

In our story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, the Holy Spirit gave Philip guidance on how to minister to another person. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah.[2] Acts 8:29-30.

Only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit was Philip able to accomplish God’s plan for him on that day. Do you need the Holy Spirit to guide you? Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you! The Holy Spirit is like a compass that lives inside of every believer in Jesus. The closer we draw to the Lord, the better we can hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 14:26, Acts 8:29-30). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Hebrews 1:14

Have you ever wondered if there were angels among us as we go along our daily life? If so, what are they doing? Angels are talked about throughout the Bible interacting with man as directed by God. In our story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, an angel gives Philip direction where to travel. The angel’s direction enables Philip to minister to a man that he would not otherwise interact with. This encounter is only possible with God’s intervention. The book of Hebrews, chapter one verse 14, gives us insight into angels. Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? [1]

If you believe in Jesus as your Savior or will believe in Jesus in your lifetime, there are angels that minister to you that you are not aware of. Although angels can become visible, most of the time they are invisible to our eyes. Angels like people were created by God. Angels do not become human beings and human beings don’t become angels. 

What do we learn about God that He sends angels into your life to minister in the invisible realm on your behalf? What does this say about how much the Lord loves you? 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Heb 1:14). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 1 Cor. 2:9

In our story, Lazarus had died, but Jesus raised his body from the dead. 

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

The Scripture does not say, but at sometime later Lazarus’ earthly body would have died again. He would entered forever into eternity. Lazarus had faith in Jesus as his Savior and so he would have gone to heaven, but what is heaven like?

Heaven, for the Christian, will be a place of glorious life that will never end. Joy, peace, love, and beauty beyond description is there. Greatest of all, we will be in the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, with whom we will enjoy fellowship forever. Loved ones who have known and loved the Lord Jesus will also be there. Revelation 21:2 says, “ And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” [2]

Heaven will be a place in which people will be freed from the fears and insecurities that plague and trouble us in this life. There will be no financial or health concerns of this world. There will be no fear of physical harm or some type of war. I won’t have to worry about a lack of friends; for everyone there will be your friend. Our relationship with the Lord will be perfect and beyond description.  I’m looking forward to that glorious day of going to heaven myself. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Cor. 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” [3] That is one of my favorite verses to ponder about heaven. It is so good we can’t even imagine how good it is. 

Heaven will be what we have always longed for. All the things that have made earth unlovely and tragic will be absent there. In heaven there will be no night, no death, no disease, no sorrow, no tears, no disappointment, and no war. It will be filled with happiness, worship, love, and perfection.

However, God’s word makes it clear that there is only one way to heaven. We can get to heaven by turning from our sin and turning toward God and placing our faith in Jesus as our Savior. John writes in John 14:6 – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.[4] Jesus paid for our sins through His death on the cross. God offers us the free gift of friendship with Him in this life and eternal life in heaven when we die if we will but turn from sin and trust in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. 

Have you placed your faith in Jesus? It is not too late! If you have, praise the Lord. Heaven awaits all those who believe in Jesus as their Savior. 

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, 3, 4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 11:39–44, Rev. 21:1-2, 1 Cor. 2:9, John 14:6). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 2 Cor. 2:6

In our story, Lazarus was very ill, and his sisters sent a message to Jesus to come and heal him. As his sisters waited for Jesus to arrive, their brother died.

 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.” [1] John 11:17-23

Lazarus’ body had been in the grave for four days, but what about the soul of Lazarus? Where did that go? The Apostle Paul writes in Hebrews 9:27,  And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.[2]Judgement? Yes, judgment. A person who has faith in Jesus as their Savior will go to heaven to live in the house of the Lord. A person who does not faith in Jesus will descend into hell for ever and ever. 

Jesus came into this world to die for our sins so we could place our faith in Him as our Savior and be forgiven. Simply put, without Jesus’ death on the cross for our sin, no one would have eternal life. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.[3] John 14:6. In this statement, Jesus declares the reason for His birth, death, and resurrection. It was to provide a way to heaven for sinful mankind, who could never get there on their own. 

Have you taken the step of faith by placing your faith in Jesus as your Savior? The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Cor. 2:6 –For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. [4]

Don’t wait one more second if you have never placed your faith in Jesus. Call on Him now and confess your sins and ask Jesus to come as your Savior. If you are a believer, take time to give thanks to Jesus for calling you to faith. 

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, 3, 4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 11:17–23, Heb. 9:27, John 14:6, 2 Cor. 6:2). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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.

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