Walking Through Betrayal (Judas)
Matthew 26:14-16 (NLT): Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
14 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests 15 and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
Matthew 26:20-25 (NLT) The Last Supper
20 When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table[a] with the Twelve.21 While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
22 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”
23 He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. 24 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
25 Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”
And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”
Matthew 26:47-50 (NLT): Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
47 And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people. 48 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” 49 So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.
50 Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.”
Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.
Matthew 27:3-5 (NLT)
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.”
“What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.”
5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.
Opening Activity: Betrayal Card Game: https://www.pagat.com/invented/betrayal.html
Follow the instructions on the website.
Supplies: 1-2 decks of cards (depending in # of players)
Opening Question: Have you ever been betrayed? Have you ever betrayed someone? How did it feel?
Video: Dead Poets Society: Camron Betraying his Friends & Mr. Keating:
After their friend Neil commits suicide, the school administration places the blame on the radical English Teacher Mr. Keating (Robin Williams). One member of the group agrees to betray Keating and tries to convince their rest of the group to do the same.
Note: This clip contains the words hell, damn, and ass
- Why are these students so upset?
- What is their opinion of their friend that “finked” on Mr. Keating?
- Would you turn in someone, just to save your neck?
Read Matthew 26:14-16
Also Read this NT Wright Quote: “The figure of Judas is one of the deepest and darkest not only inte Gospels but in all literature. People have written whole books trying to get at the bottom of what he did and why.”
- What might be some of the reason why Judas decided to betray Jesus?
- Do you think it was a difficult decision for him to betray Jesus?
- Why is Judas betrayal referred to as”the deepest and darkest… in all literature”?
- Why does the betrayal of a friend cut so deeply?
Read Matthew 26:20-25
- Jesus knows he is going to be betrayed, yet he seems calm and collected. Why do you think that is?
- How do you think the other disciples feel when they hear Jesus will be betrayed? Why do you think they ask “Am I the one, Lord?”
- Jesus makes it quite obvious that Judas will betray him, so why does Juday also ask “Am I the one?”
Read Matthew 26:47-50
- What is the signal for who Jesus is?
- Why might this kiss, an act of friendship, make the betrayal more painful?
- Why do you think Jesus lets Judas follow through with the betrayal? What does that say about Jesus? What does that say about Judas?
Read Matthew 27:3-5
- Why was Judas distraught when he found out Jesus was condemned to die?
- What might that say about his original motivation for betrayal? (some believe he betrayed Jesus in order to motivate Jesus to take action)
- What is Judas’ response to his betrayal?
Living Lord’s Supper 2017 @ San Pedro
Watch or Read the Judas lines
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYM6rVCnE0E, Judas Scene: 24:42-26:34
Judas: Well, you all know who I am. I am Judas Iscariot. I am the traitor. I sold him out for 30 pieces of silver and betrayed him with a kiss. But there is more to it than that. I never really fit in with the other disciples. I was from Judea, while the rest of the disciples were from Galilee. But when Jesus called me to follow him, I did it without wavering. I believed in Jesus. I knew he was the one who could make a difference. I seriously thought he was going to drive out the Romans and rebuild the Kingdom of Israel. That is why, when he would do these ridiculous things I would get furious. There was this one time that a woman poured this expensive ointment on Jesus feet. That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus just looked at me and said,
Jesus: “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Judas: The others just snickered at me, they knew I didn’t really care about the poor. But I was just trying to push Jesus in the right direction. He seemed to be taking his time to make a move on the Romans, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. What would you do if you were in my place and needed Him to do something dramatic to usher in his Kingdom.So there you have it. I told them I would deliver Jesus. I betrayed Jesus. I took the money. I led the mob to the Garden of Gethsemane. I kissed him and called him friend. Then I let them bind him, and take him away. I couldn’t believe that he would let this happen. I never meant for him to be hurt. I didn’t want him to die. I never meant for any of this to happen.
Judas runs off stage.
- Does this provide any more insight into who Judas is?
- Does it provide any more insight into why Judas would betray Jesus?
- Does it provide any sympathy or empathy for Judas?
- Do you think Judas felt sorry for betraying Jesus?
- Do you think Judas could have been forgiven for following Jesus?
Watch or Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7ElEHJpvNs
Until the End of the World by U2:
The song’s lyrics describe a fictional conversation between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot. The first verse discusses the Last Supper; the second is about Judas identifying Jesus with a kiss on the cheek in the Garden of Gethsemane; and the final is about Judas’ suicide after being overwhelmed with guilt and sadness.
Haven’t seen you in quite a whileI w
as down the hold just passing time
Last time we met was a low-lit room
We were as close together as a bride and groom
We ate the food, we drank the wine
Everybody having a good time
Except you, You were talking about the end of the world
I took the money. I spiked your drink
You miss too much these days if you stop to think
You lead me on with those innocent eyes
You know I love the element of surprise
In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
You, You were acting like it was the end of the world
In my dream I was drowning my sorrows
But my sorrows, they learned to swim
Surrounding me, going down on me
Spilling over the brim
Waves of regret and waves of joy
I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
You, you said you’d wait ‘Til the end of the world
- Do you think Jesus forgave Judas for betraying him? Why?
- Do you think we should forgive people who betray us? Why or why not?
- Why should we forgive others? What might that forgiveness look like?
- How have you been forgiven for acts of betrayal?
- How has God forgiven you for betrayal? (Note: Each sin you commit is, in a sense, an act of betrayal against God)?
- What does this say for how we are to forgive others?
Close in Prayer: Give the group some time to pray silently walking them through the following…
- thank God for his forgiveness
- help forgive those who have betrayed them.
- seek forgiveness for those they have betrayed.
Wrap up with one large prayer.