Betrayal of Jesus

Betrayal of Jesus by Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot


Judas Kiss
Judas Kiss

Judas Iscariot  was one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus  the Christ, and the son of Simon Iscariot. He is not always looked upon in a good light because of his involvement with the chief Sanhedrin priests and is notoriously known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus to their hands, in exchange for a payment of thirty silver coins. His name is often invoked to accuse someone of betrayal. Though there are varied accounts of his death, the traditional version sees him as having hanged himself out of remorse following his betrayal. His place among the Twelve Apostles was later filled by Matthias. Tradition holds that he was the first apostle to die, and that he and John were the only apostles not to die a martyr’s death.

Despite his notorious role in the Gospel narratives, Judas is still somewhat of an ambivalent figure in Christian history. Judas’ betrayal, for instance, set in motion the events that led to Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection, which, according to traditional Christian theology, brought salvation to humanity. Gnostic texts actually praise Judas for his role in triggering humanity’s alleged salvation, and view Judas as the best of the apostles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia*


Judas Sells Jesus Out | A plot to kill is formed with the chief priests

Judas Receiving Silver Coins
Judas Receiving Silver Coins

The Festival of Thin Bread, also called Passover, was near. The chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus, because they were afraid of what the people might do. Then Satan entered the heart of Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve apostles.

Then Satan entered the heart of Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve apostles.

Judas went to talk with the chief priests and the officers of the temple police about how he could help them arrest Jesus. They were very pleased and offered to pay Judas some money. He agreed and started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus when the crowds were not around. Luke 22:1-6 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


Mathew’s Account of the Plot to Kill Jesus | Judas and the chief priests

Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve disciples. He went to the chief priests and asked, “How much will you give me if I help you arrest Jesus?” They paid Judas thirty silver coins, and from then on he started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus. Matthew 26:14-16 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

They paid Judas thirty silver coins, and from then on he started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus.

Thirty Pieces of Silver
Thirty Pieces of Silver

The Last Supper | Jesus tells of his coming betrayal by one of the 12 disciples

When the time came for Jesus and the apostles to eat, he said to them, “I have very much wanted to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I tell you that I will not eat another Passover meal until it is finally eaten in God’s kingdom.” Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and gave thanks to God. Then he told the apostles, “Take this wine and share it with each other. I tell you that I will not drink any more wine until God’s kingdom comes.”

“The one who will betray me is here at the table with me! The Son of Man will die in the way that has been decided for him, but it will be terrible for the one who betrays him!”

Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it. He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles. Then he said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this as a way of remembering me!”After the meal he took another cup of wine in his hands. Then he said, “This is my blood. It is poured out for you, and with it God makes his new agreement. The one who will betray me is here at the table with me! The Son of Man will die in the way that has been decided for him, but it will be terrible for the one who betrays him!”

Then the apostles started arguing about who would ever do such a thing. Luke 22:14-23 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


Satan Demands Right To Test Disciples | Simon will deny Jesus 3 times before the rooster crows

Jesus said, “Simon, listen to me! Satan has demanded the right to test each one of you, as a farmer does when he separates wheat from the husks. But Simon, I have prayed that your faith will be strong. And when you have come back to me, help the others.”

Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to jail and even to die with you.”

Jesus replied, “Peter, I tell you that before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Luke 22:31-34 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


Jesus Prays God’s Will Be Done | Disciples sleep instead of praying that they will not be tested

Jesus went out to the Mount of Olives, as he often did, and his disciples went with him. When they got there, he told them

Jesus and Disciples- artist unknown
Jesus and Disciples- artist unknown

, “Pray that you won’t be tested.”

Jesus walked on a little way before he knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you will, please don’t make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do what you want, and not what I want.”

They were asleep and worn out from being so sad. He said to them, “Why are you asleep? Wake up and pray that you won’t be tested.”

Then an angel from heaven came to help him. Jesus was in great pain and prayed so sincerely that his sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood.

Jesus got up from praying and went over to his disciples. They were asleep and worn out from being so sad. He said to them, “Why are you asleep? Wake up and pray that you won’t be tested.” Luke 22:39-46 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


Jesus Is Arrested | Judas’ further betrayal seals the fate of Jesus with a kiss

While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd came up. It was led by Judas, one of the twelve apostles. He went over to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss.

When Jesus’ disciples saw what was about to happen, they asked, “Lord, should we attack them with a sword?” One of the disciples even struck at the high priest’s servant with his sword and cut off the servant’s right ear.

While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd came up. It was led by Judas, one of the twelve apostles. He went over to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss.

“Enough of that!” Jesus said. Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed it.

Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the temple police, and the leaders who had come to arrest him. He said, “Why do you come out with swords and clubs and treat me like a criminal? Luke 22:47-52 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


Peter Says He Doesn’t Know Jesus

The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered that the Lord had said, “Before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Then Peter went out and cried hard.

Jesus was arrested and led away to the house of the high priest, while Peter followed at a distance. Some people built a fire in the middle of the courtyard and were sitting around it. Peter sat there with them, and a servant girl saw him. Then after she had looked at him carefully, she said, “This man was with Jesus!”
Peter said, “Woman, I don’t even know that man!”

A little later someone else saw Peter and said, “You are one of them!”

“No, I’m not!” Peter replied.

About an hour later another man insisted, “This man must have been with Jesus. They both come from Galilee.”

Peter replied, “I don’t know what you are talking about!” Right then, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed.

The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered that the Lord had said, “Before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Then Peter went out and cried hard.

The men who were guarding Jesus made fun of him and beat him. They put a blindfold on him and said, “Tell us who struck you!” They kept on insulting Jesus in many other ways. Luke 22:54-65 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


The Rest of the Story | What happened to Jesus after being betrayed

Read Luke 23 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

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