Change is difficult. On Sunday Jesus rides in triumph into Jerusalem, to the acclaim of cheering crowds. By that Friday he is in his grave. The powers that be in any organization (family, church, nation) are difficult to resist successfully.
Evil is Seductive. The Accounts of Easter in the gospels all include a facet of betrayal at the hands of a trusted and loved disciple. This heartbreaking kind of story is all too common. People are seduced away from their own best interests by fast-talking salesmen, wily politicians, Pastors who are wolves in sheep’s clothing and significant others that are really con artists. Judas goes from villain to victim as he realizes the enormity of his mistake.
Suffering is part of life. People betray us, and die. Life is a heady and sometimes confusing mix of joy and pain.
A crisis brings out the best and worst in people. After his arrest, Peter denies even knowing Jesus, while some of his followers, notably the women, stay with him at the cross, arrange for his burial and go to the tomb to apply preservative herbs and spices at the earliest light after the Sabbath.
Love is persistent.Jesus knows that Peter will have a moment of weakness and forgives him in advance. God reunites Jesus and his followers. Betrayal happens, death happens, but there is a love that holds us close that will never let go.