May 2,  2021




Santa Paula Church of Christ 

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Students embrace justice, how about you”

Before I explain “students embrace justice” let’s do a quick recap of last week’s sermon. Conflict broke out when the dragon (Satan) and beast (Rome’s Imperial authority embodied in the emperor and its policy enforcers) persecuted the people of God in Revelation 12-13, but the redeemed were encouraged by the sound of harps and a song coming down from heaven (14:1-5). Now, after warnings of judgment and the reaping of the earth, the faithful hold harps and sing of God’s lordship, as at the end of other vision cycles (7:10-12; 11:15-18; 19:1-8). Before the final song in this vision cycle begins, however (15:2-4), the angels who will pour out bowls of plagues in the next vision series are introduced (15:1). Revelation 15, picks up where we left off. Now back to the title “student embrace justice.”

Student embrace justice means that in my twenty five years of public school teaching in Los Angeles, Pomona and Santa Paula Unified School Districts classroom management and discipline was the hardest things to carry out. When I acted fairly, consistent and keep my cool most of the time my students respected my discipline. So, did my administrators. However, when I did not act fairly, who it was perceived that I didn’t students would push back (metaphorically speaking). Thus, for my twenty-five years of teaching the balance between being fair and consistent was always the hardest thing for me to navigate. Therefore, when I read the recurring refrain that God’s judgments are just (15:3; 16:5, 7; 19:2) I could not help but think of my Middle School teaching experience. The recognition that God can be consistently fair and just in regard to discipline. It is a balance, being just and true, is a desire I have always sought to embrace. My students embraced justice, how about you?

Please consider embracing the idea that God and Jesus are “true and just.” If you can, then you may be able to understand Jesus words, “Look, I come like a thief!” Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed” (Rev. 16:15).

The SPCC is located at 276 W. Santa Paula Street. Our services begin at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish and 10:45 a.m. in English. Our also we have a Wednesday 6:30 PM Revelation Zoom Bible Study. Call us for the ID and password (805-525-3645). Read Revelation 16 to prepare for Sunday’s 10:45 PM service.

God Bless you,
Robert Perez