Easter and the days after Easter

By: Anselm Anyoha MD
Teaching Empathy Through stories
Teaching Empathy Through stories
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - May 10, 2022 - PRLog -- Easter is a season for both sacrifice and celebration for those who celebrate it. According to the Bible, Jesus came down from heaven close to two thousand years ago to rescue unappreciative humanity from the sins of their forebears, beginning from the sins Adam and Eve committed against an almighty God.

Jealousy and insecurity drove certain sections of society to hate Jesus in His last few days on Earth. But His detractors failed to see that Jesus was indeed on an unstoppable mission orchestrated by God the Father. Three days later, tearing the shackles of death into several pieces, the divine Jesus rose from the dead after crucifixion and death. For these reasons, Christians love the Easter story.

Christians empathize with the humiliated Jesus by depriving themselves of luxury, fun, and comfort. Christians with deep faith might even resort to bodily tortures and severe punishment, including cutting themselves and bruising their knees from kneeling on hard surfaces for hours.

As often is the case with religious practices, levels of devotion and deprivation vary with cultures and social, economic, and spiritual status. Donating money, food items, and materials to the poor may be substituted for self-deprivation and bodily torture in other places.

Easter sacrifices are usually short-lived and seasonal because practitioners are not divine, and some, unlike the Son of God, may not have a clear and concise mission. However, when practiced with devotion and purpose, self-elected sacrifice and deprivation has the potential to bring epiphanic experiences.

Insight into what it feels like to lack food, luxury, and fun can transform minds from selfishness to selflessness. Depriving oneself and sacrificing has a centering power. For those seeking new life experiences and values, and for those ready for a change in lifestyle and attitude, a little bit of Easter sacrifice might do it for them.

Like other efforts, the degree to which a person benefits from Easter sacrifices depends on their missions and expectations. Some, like those who go through these sacrifices as routine without any expectations, end up with nothing learned.

Christians look forward to the third day after Jesus's death when He rose from the dead. "Alleluia! The Lord has risen," they cheer. At dawn, messages begin to spread all over the media, "Christ has risen!" By morning, they dress nice for the ascended Christ, and in the evening, they party hard for him. Gradually, sacrificial experiences gained begin to evaporate until, like the seeds that have fallen on the rocky hillside that will never bear fruit, many faithful lose all the values they learned during Easter. In that state of apostasy, their mind is cultivated to receive the next Easter season.

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