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Story for school assembly – Judas Iscariot

I go into one of our local schools on Wednesdays to lead Collective Worship (aka assemblies!), and at the moment we are looking at Jesus’ friends.  This week it is the turn of Judas Iscariot and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it is really quite difficult to find good stories to read about Judas so rather than spend hours in fruitless searching I thought I’d just channel my inner Bob Hartman and write my own!

In  the ‘refrain’ when I say “Judas made a mistake”, the children will shout “Oh no!”.

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Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

He had been travelling with Jesus for 3 long years and for 3 long years he had watched as Jesus had spent time with people who were poor, and homeless, and sick, instead of people who were rich and powerful and important.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

Because he got fed up of waiting. Jesus was his friend but he wanted more important friends. Friends who were rich and powerful. Friends like the Pharisees.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

He knew that the Pharisees didn’t like Jesus, but he went to talk to them anyway. They told him that they’d give him lots of money if he told them where they could find Jesus.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

Because that evening, after he’d had dinner with Jesus and his friends and found out where they were going later he slipped out of the room and went to find the Pharisees.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

The Pharisees gave him a big bag of money and Judas led them to the garden where Jesus and his friends were sitting. Judas greeted Jesus with a kiss but then he watched in horror as the Pharisees arrested Jesus!

Judas had made a mistake Oh no!
Judas had made a big mistake

He hadn’t meant for his friend to be arrested but it was too late now. Too late to stop it, the Pharisees had already taken Jesus off to prison. He tried to give them the money back, he tried to undo the damage but it was too late.

Judas had made a mistake Oh no!
Judas had made a big mistake

But that wasn’t his biggest mistake. Because Judas couldn’t see how Jesus, his friend, could ever forgive him. And so he never asked, he never said sorry.

But if he had asked, if he had said sorry, Jesus would have forgiven him, just like he forgave his other friends who ran away in fear when Jesus was arrested, just like he forgave Peter who told people that he didn’t even know Jesus because he was scared they’d arrest him too.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

Judas didn’t think his friend would forgive him and because of that he is known as “Judas the traitor” when he could have been known as “Judas the forgiven”.

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Prayer

We thank you Jesus that you are our friend, and that when we make mistakes we can always say sorry and you will always forgive us.

Help us to say sorry to our friends when we make mistakes and to forgive them when they let us down.

Amen

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One response »

  1. Excellent post. I will be going through a few of these issues
    as well..

    Reply

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