Background: Matthew 26:14-16, Matthew 26:47-56, Matthew 27:1-10

Key: Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:14-15 ESV


Imagine being with someone every day and sharing pieces of who you are with them. You love them. You include them in your greatest experiences. You are willing to give up everything for them. Then, imagine that person betraying you.

When Jesus came to earth, he knew his mission was to save humanity by sacrificing himself. He knew he would go to the cross eventually. As he started his earthly ministry, he chose twelve men to walk with him, and many more would follow. Among those he chose was Judas Iscariot. Judas saw the miracles Jesus performed. He was empowered to minister to others, and he wanted for nothing. However, Judas had an eye for money, and that eye for money would lead him to his greatest regret.

The chief priests and elders wanted to kill Jesus. However, they could not do it when they wanted to do it because they were afraid of the people’s reaction. Thus, they knew they could not achieve what they wanted alone. Secretly, Judas went to the chief priests, and he agreed to betray Jesus. They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and Judas planned for the right time.

Jesus along with a few disciples went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. After Jesus prayed, Judas came with a crowd sent by the chief priests and elders. Judas signified who Jesus was by greeting him with a kiss, as was their custom. Afterward, they seized Jesus. A struggle ensued, but Jesus stopped it. He knew the purpose of the arrest.

Later, Judas learned that Jesus had been condemned to death. Judas changed his mind and went to the chief priests and elders, attempting to give the money back. However, they would not take it. Judas expressed that Jesus was innocent, but it was too late. They had what they wanted. Judas threw the thirty pieces of silver to the ground, and in response to how he felt, he hung himself. Judas did not count the costs. Are we counting the costs?


  1. What is betrayal, and what do you think motivates people to betray others?

  2. What do you think Judas hoped to achieve in betraying Jesus?

  3. Later, Judas learned that Jesus was condemned to death and tried to stop the process. Why? Are we able to control the consequences of our actions after we take them?

  4. The chief priests and elders used Judas, but does that excuse his part in what happened? Why or why not?

  5. Although Judas attempted to make the situation “right” by giving back the money, he was unable to do so on his own. What could he have done?

  6. Have you experienced betrayal in your life? If so, how did you feel and react?

  7. What should we do when our actions hurt others?

  8. When we take action, we should consider the consequences. How has this lesson helped you consider making better decisions?

What does the bible say?

  1. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape. Proverbs 19:5 ESV

  2. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 ESV

  3. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV

Life Application

  1. Be wise. Consider what may happen before you act and ask God to guide you.

  2. We cannot control the consequences of our actions only the actions themselves.

  3. We do not have to give up even if we mess up. God is faithful to forgive us if we ask.

*Welcome back to our free family bible study lessons! We are so happy to get started again, and we look forward to you sharing with us and sharing with others. For March, we will examine various aspects of the resurrection story with the hope of internal examination to make us better people in Christ. Also, on our age-based extension pages, we will have age-appropriate activities and articles to help illustrate the lessons from our family study.


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