Lack of Trust Leads to Betrayal

Have you ever played a trust game in a drama lesson? They're really simple. It is like playing a game catch, only you are the ball. For example, you might be in pair , standing in front of your partner. All you have to do is keep your feet and backwards. Your partner promises to catch you. The questions is, do you trust them enough to catch you or will move your feet and catch yourself?

True Friends

Trust is a trick thing. You cannot live your without putting your trust in other people every sing day: the bus driver not to crash the bus; the teacher to teach you the right information; a friend to keeps confidence. The problem with trust is that it makes us vulnerable. We do not want to have to rely on someone else and we do not want to get hurt if they let us down.

Imagine someone catching you in a trust game and then, instead of tipping you forward so that you are upright again , they take a step back, dropping you to the floor. That is betrayal: putting your trust in someone and finding them to be unworthy of it; trusting someone who let's you down.

Bible Text
Matthew 26:14-25

14KJV:Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
15KJV:And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
16KJV:And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
17KJV:Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
18KJV:And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
19KJV:And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
20KJV:Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21KJV:And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22KJV:And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23KJV:And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24KJV:The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25KJV:Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

Questions to Consider
  • Have you ever been betrayed? Have you ever betrayed someone else? How did it make you feel?
  • What do you think Jesus felt about Judas? How did the disciples feel about Judas? How did Judas feel about himself?

Motion Points
  • Whether there is someone who has betrayed you. If so , write down what they did and know it made you feel. Ask Jesus to help you forgive that person and restore trust . Rip up the piece of paper, knowing that you do not hold anything against them anymore.
  • Whether there someone you have let down. Make them a card , asking them to forgive you.

Further Reading
  • 2 Samuel 12:1-10
  • Psalm 25:1-7
  • Matthew 5:43-48
  • Matthew 26-27

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