Matthew 26:47–56 – "Tears of Betrayal" – Kerry Kaino

Discussion Questions:

1. How would you define the word “betrayal”?

2. What dynamics do you see in the interaction between Judas and Jesus in verses 48-50?

a. Even accounting for cultural traditions, what do you think of Judas’ identifying Jesus with a “kiss”? (verses 48-49)

b. What point(s) do you think Jesus is making by addressing Judas as “friend”? (verse 50)

3. What themes do you see in Jesus’ words in verses 51-54, especially with its context of imminent arrest and seeming defeat?

4. “Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.” (verse 56) If not betrayal, are there ways in which we desert Jesus?