Use this Judas Sunday School lesson to teach about Judas' betrayal.
Lesson: (Note: Always give students the opportunity to answer the questions before you clarifying the teaching.)
Tell students, The Bible story we’re about to read takes place right after Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and gave them communion for the first time.
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 26:30-34, or read it yourself.)
How did Jesus know that Peter would deny knowing Him? (God told Him. God knows everything even before it happens.)
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 26:36-38, or read it yourself.)
Jesus said that He was sad. Why do you think He would be sad? (Jesus knew that He was going to die on the cross soon and He was afraid because He knew it would hurt.)
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 26:39-44, or read it yourself.)
What did Jesus decide about His dying? (He decided to do what God wanted Him to do and die. He wanted for God to make it so He wouldn’t have to die, but He said He would die if it was God’s will.)
Even though it was hard, Jesus was willing to die because He knew that’s what God wanted Him to do so that He could save us. Jesus loved us so much and wanted to save us that He was willing to die on the cross. Sometimes God might ask us to do something hard, too, but we have to be willing to do it because God always has a good reason for telling us to do something. If we listen to God, everything will always work out for the best.
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 26:45-54, or read it yourself.)
Peter attacked one of the guards that came to arrest Jesus, but Jesus told Peter to put his sword away. Why do you think Jesus didn’t want Peter to fight the guards? (Jesus knew that He had to be arrested so that He could die for our sins.)
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 26:55-64, or read it yourself.)
Jesus said that in the future, everyone would see Him coming with power out of the clouds. What do you think that means? (Jesus will come back out of the sky one day and He will judge everyone in the whole world, sending those people who don’t believe in Him to Hell and bringing everyone who does believe in Him back to life and making them live forever.)
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 26:65-72, or read it yourself.)
Why did Peter say that he didn’t know Jesus? (He was afraid and thought that he might be arrested too, for being Jesus’ follower.)
But we should never be afraid to tell people that we’re followers of Jesus. We should never be embarrassed to say we believe in Jesus.
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 26:73-75, or read it yourself.)
Why was Peter crying? (He felt bad for saying he didn’t know Jesus.)
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 27:1-5, or read it yourself.)
Why did Judas give back the money and then hang himself? (He felt guilty for being a traitor to Jesus and telling the guards where to find Him so they could arrest Him.)
Was it good for Judas to hang himself? (No.)
What should he have done instead? (He should have asked God to forgive him.)