How Did the 12 Disciples Betray Jesus?

The 12 Disciples were Jesus’ closest followers, chosen by him to spread his message of love and compassion. However, despite their loyalty to him, they ultimately betrayed him in various ways. Let’s take a closer look at how each disciple betrayed Jesus.

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot is perhaps the most well-known of Jesus’ betrayers. He was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples and served as the group’s treasurer.

However, he had a tendency to steal from the money bag. Ultimately, Judas agreed to betray Jesus in exchange for 30 pieces of silver. He led a group of soldiers to the Garden of Gethsemane where he identified Jesus with a kiss, leading to his arrest.


Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends and was often seen as the leader of the disciples. However, when Jesus was arrested and brought before the high priest, Peter denied knowing him three times out of fear for his own safety.

James and John

James and John were brothers who were also among Jesus’ closest followers. They were known for their fiery personalities and desire for power. In Mark 10:35-45, they asked Jesus if they could sit at his right and left hand in heaven – essentially asking for positions of power and authority.


Andrew was Peter’s brother and one of the first disciples chosen by Jesus. While there is no record of Andrew directly betraying Jesus, he did not stand up for him when he was being persecuted.


Philip was another early disciple chosen by Jesus. Like Andrew, there is no record of Philip directly betraying Jesus but he did not stand up for him when he was being persecuted either.

Bartholomew (Nathanael)

Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael, was one of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus. There is little information about his life or how he betrayed Jesus.

Matthew (Levi)

Matthew, also known as Levi, was a tax collector before he became one of Jesus’ disciples. He too did not stand up for Jesus when he was being persecuted.


Thomas is often remembered for his doubts about Jesus’ resurrection. However, he also did not stand up for Jesus during his persecution.

James son of Alphaeus

James son of Alphaeus was another of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus. Little is known about his life or how he betrayed Jesus.

Jude (Thaddeus)

Jude, also known as Thaddeus or Lebbaeus, was another of the 12 disciples. Like James son of Alphaeus, little is known about how he betrayed Jesus.

Simon the Zealot

Simon the Zealot was a member of a Jewish sect that believed in overthrowing Roman rule through violence. While there is no record of him directly betraying Jesus, it’s possible that his beliefs and actions were not always in line with what Jesus taught.

In conclusion, while each disciple may have betrayed Jesus in different ways, they all ultimately failed to stand up for him during his time of need. However, their actions ultimately led to the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.