The events of Holy Week, when looked at through worldly eyes, are shocking in many ways. When we picture God, we picture strength, power, control, etc. What we see in the Bible is a God who rides in on a donkey, not a great stallion. We see a God who is beaten down, ridiculed, and killed by ordinary people. It is not until Christ asks his Father in heaven to have mercy on those who have treated him so ruthlessly that we begin to see something big. Instead of a great act of might, we see an incredible act of love. Then, when the tomb is empty, we learn that Christ rose from the dead in order to conquer death to give us eternal life. Talk about love. Our God knows us well enough to know that no matter how we try and how often we pick ourselves up after a fall, we will sin again. But instead of punishing us, our God loves us so very much that he endured excruciating pain in order that our sins might be forgiven. It is easy to wield power in the way the Pharisees and the crowds calling for Christ to be crucified did. This kind of power yields nothing. Hearing our Savior’s loving words from the cross, however, gives hope. It says we are loved beyond understanding. It says no matter what we face personally or as part of this world, we are not alone and that ultimately love will prevail. It gives us a peace that helps us face each new day. If we focus our lives on this, we can live a life filled with purpose and with joy.