Santa Paula Church
276 W Santa Paula Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
The Santa Paula
Church of Christ
The Good News Letter
276 W. Santa Paula, CA 93060
Office: (805)525-3645 Fax: (805)525-7195
Minister: Robert Perez
Spanish Minister Virgilio Garcia
Secretary: Stacy Salazar
March 25, 2018
Santa Paula Church of Christ – Intimacy and Betrayal
“As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered him” (John 13:27)
After Jesus. had washed the disciple’s feet, including Judas’s, the text says “Jesus was deeply troubled” because one of his own disciples was going to betray him (v21). That statement shocked the disciples, because, I believe, that they did not conceive, at the time, that any of them could do such a thing (v22).
In retrospect, Jesus had predicted his death three times, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men” (Luke 9:22, 9:44, 18:31-34). However, not only did the disciples misunderstood those predictions, exactly, how the betrayal was to take place was less clear. So, when the event, the betrayal was occurring right before their very eyes, during the intimate Passover meal, they did not recognize it, but Jesus did” (vv 21-22). It is at this moment during the Lord’s supper that, Peter, signals to the disciple whom Jesus loved [John] to ask Jesus which one of them would betray him? And Jesus clearly tells John “it is the one whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish” (v26). We all know it was Judas. My question is this if, Jesus clearly stated who it was, then why did not all the disciples know?
Two clues are given in the text. The first clue is that when Peter motioned to John they, he must have been seated directly across each other, at the end of a U-shaped table. That is why only John heard him. Secondly, when John asked Jesus the text says he “Leaned back against Jesus” to ask him (v25). Therefore, John had to be right next to Jesus, otherwise he could not have leaned back on His bosom. Finally, Judas also had to be seated next to Jesus, but on the other side, to his left, otherwise Jesus could not have given Judas the morsel of bread so easily (v26). This proximity of Jesus to Peter, John and Judas also explains why all the disciples were at a loss on who it was. Nevertheless, when Jesus had done so, given the Passover Bread to Judas, as a last act of love, “Satan entered into Judas” (v27). My point, we can be so close to Jesus, but yet so far.
If you are interested in hearing a sermon on intimacy and betrayal come to the Santa Paula Church of Christ (we are located right across from the cemetery). Worship begins at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish and 10:45 a.m. in English. Bible class that begins at 9:45 a.m. Sunday’s and 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s. However, our Wednesday Bible class be held this week at Moonlight donuts at 6:30 pm. on Harvard this week. Next week, we will be back to normal at our church.
Have a great Holy Week
Communion for April….Laura Serna
March 25th …. Ramon & Patty
Order of Worship
Worship Leader: Thomas Hunter
Opening Prayer: Ray McCallister
Lords Supper: Mike Marlow/Pete Reyna
Sermon: Robert Perez-Intimacy and Betrayal
Announcements/ Closing Prayer: Rey Jimenez Sr.
There is a Bible Study in the evening today Sunday March 25th at 5:00 p.m. at the home of the Ary family
There will be a Women’s devotional on Thursday April 5th at 6:00 p.m. here at the church.
We are having Wednesday night Bible Class March 28th at Moon Light Donut at 6:30 p.m. It’s a baby Shower Mara Thach, bring a pack of diapers & a gift. Donuts & Coffee will be served.
Senior Saints potluck will be hosted by Ventura Church of Christ on Friday April 6th at noon.
Nichol Serna-4/2 Virgilio Garcia-4/2
Leonor Fernandez-4/6 Ángel Fernandez-4/14
Diana Morneo-4/20 Leo Bartley-4/23
Bob & Liz Perez-4/8
Virgilio & Martha Garcia-4/21
SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP & BIBLE STUDIES
Bible Study and Fellowship
Sunday Morning Spanish
Spanish Worship- 9:00 a.m.
Spanish Bible Study-10:45 a.m.
Coffee & Donuts 9:00 a.m-9:30 a.m.
English Bible Class: 9:45 a.m.
Worship in English: 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible study: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. English and Spanish