John 13:21-38 – Judas Betrays Jesus

*What happened last week? Jesus was eating at the Passover

This is the same night, the Last Supper.


Read John 13:21

21 Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” 


*Who betrayed Jesus?  Judas


Read John 13:22-23

22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. 

23 The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table.


*Who is called the disciple whom Jesus loved? John.  They must have been very close friends.


Read John 13:24-25

24 Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” 

25 So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?” 


Simon Peter knew it was not him or John, they were his closest disciples


Read John 13:26-30

26 Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 

27When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.”

28 None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. 

29 Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. 

30 So Judas left at once, going out into the night. 


*Do you think Judas and Jesus were friends?  Judas was sitting right next to him.

*How long was Jesus’ ministry? 3 years.  For 3 years they traveled, camped, laughed and ate together.  Most likely he was a close friend; he was sitting right next to Jesus.


Earlier we read something about Judas right after Jesus healed Lazarus and right before Palm Sunday, when Mary, Lazarus’ sister used perfume on Jesus’ feet.

*Do you remember what Judas said?


Read John 12:4-6

4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 

5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 

6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. 


*What kind of a man was Judas? Liar and a thief.

*What is Satan?  Father of lies and a thief.

Watch out that you too are not a liar and a thief.  God is truth, be truthful like your heavenly Father.

Let’s read when Judas decided to betray Jesus.

In Matthew this verse occurred right after Mary poured the perfume.


Read Matthew 26:14-16

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. 

Right after that happened is the Last Supper.  Judas decided to betray Jesus right before the Last Supper.


*Where did Judas sit again? Right next to Jesus

There is a saying, “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”  That fits where Judas was sitting.


*Anybody remember how Judas betrayed Jesus?  With a kiss.  In their culture, like many European and Latin cultures, people great each other with a kiss.

Let’s read what later happened to Judas after the betrayal.


Read Matthew 27:3-10 (teacher read)

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. 

6 The leading priests picked up the coins. “It wouldn’t be right to put this money in the Temple treasury,” they said, “since it was payment for murder.” 

7 After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter’s field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. 

8 That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood. 

9 This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says, “They took the thirty pieces of silver— the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel, 

10 and purchased the potter’s field, as the LORD directed. ” 


*What did the priest call this money?  Payment for murder

*Who was going to do the murdering?  They were

Let’s continue with Chapter 13


Read John 13:31-33

31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. 

32 And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. 

33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. 


*Where is Jesus going?  Back to heaven


Read John 13:34-35

34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 

35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” 


*How do we prove we are Jesus’ disciples? Love one another – simply that

Notice it does not say to keep the commandments.  But if we really love someone would we steal from them, lie to them, murder them? If you love you naturally keep the commandments.  You will not do what Judas did.


Read John 13:36-38

36 Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.” 

37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.” 

38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.


*How would you have felt if Jesus told this to you?

*Did Peter love Jesus? Yes

*Did Jesus forgive Peter after he denied him? Yes

*Think Jesus would have forgiven Judas if he asked him too?  Yes, and maybe he did, we will not know until we get to heaven.

That is true love, when you forgive even when someone does you wrong.   Also it is important to ask for forgiveness if we did something wrong.

*Why daily should we confess our sins daily? To keep our feet and heart clean.  Life is better when we have a clean heart (and feet).