Judas betrayed Jesus because of his greed of money. In John 12, the Bible calls Judas a thief because of his love of money and stealing. The 30 pieces of silver that Judas betrayed Jesus for was equivalent to about 120 days of wages today, which is almost a third of a yearly salary. However, even though Judas meant for evil things to happen in his greed, God used the events to do more. Jesus’ death and resurrection paid for so much more than the 30 pieces of silver that Judas received.
Read aloud Matthew 26:14-16 with your family.
Gather together 30 dimes or nickels. Let your kids count the dimes or nickels and place them at your family worship space.
- Ask them if Jesus’ life on earth was worth more than 30 pieces of silver? Why or why not?
- What was (and is) the true value of Jesus’ life to your family?
- Talk about these things as a family and discuss the impact that Jesus has made on you as a family.
For younger children print this coin_bag page. You will also need 30 dimes or nickels for this game, or you can use the dimes and nickels from your earlier discussion. Help your kids count the coins as they place them on the empty spots on the bag page. If they lose count, help them start over if necessary. Talk with your kids about how Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 silver coins as they count their coins.
Prayer: Take some time to pray as a family and thank God for what Jesus means to you as a family.
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