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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Easter and Good Friday





Jesus died on the cross. Jesus was nailed onto the cross. Yes, He was nailed to it. Have you ever taken an injection shot? Do you remember the feeling of pain that comes with a very thin needle? That also is taken away within few seconds. Now imagine getting hit with a large spike and the nail crossing through your palm, a thick nail and you are left to bleed. Now imagine the pain.

Pain, intense pain, yes, death by intense pain and Jesus died with that. By laws of science, I don’t know how much of His weight was taken by His palms, but even if the weight taken was a fraction of his body weight, the pain would been much more. And Jesus died on the cross, bearing his own weight with his palms, bleeding. Left to bleed in the afternoon sun.

Good Friday was the day He died. I read somewhere that earlier it was called God Friday.  He resurrected on Easter Sunday. If one goes through the work and the teachings of Jesus, they will find nothing but selfless giving and miraculous cures. Jesus could cure miraculously because He was Son of God. But did He enjoy any material comforts? Any pleasures? His life is nothing but a chronicle of a man who suffered, but took away sufferings of others. Even His death was a very painful death.

What does Jesus’ life teach us? It teaches us not to give suffering to others but take it ourselves. It teaches us to comfort others. It teaches us selfless giving. It teaches us to forgive even if extreme pain is inflicted upon us. It teaches us to love all and hate none.

Let us celebrate Easter Sunday. Let us remember the teachings of Jesus Christ. Let us spread peace in the world. Let us start giving selflessly. Let us live selflessly. Let us all spread goodness, happiness and cheer in the world. Let us all work to remove hatred and vice from this world.

As far as I have read Easter comes from the pagan holiday Ishtar named after Isis - the goddess of fertility. the ancient Egyptians invented this holiday and it made its way into Christianity.  The eggs symbolize fertility.

Here is a post from the net I borrowed to explain it better:

The Easter bunny comes from the pagan goddess Eostre who was the personification of spring. Every year on March 21 Eostre would return to the forest and bring with her flowers and sunshine and warmth. The woodland creatures loved her so much that they tried every year to give her special presents. One year the rabbit decided that he would give Eostre the best present ever, bur she couldn't decide what to give her. She sat and thought for a very long time and still she was stumped. Finally after thinking for days and days she suddenly laid a beautiful egg. She gave Eostre the egg as her gift, and ever since the Easter bunny brings beautiful eggs. Mythologically speaking, the spring equinox which is near Easter is a fertility festival, bunnys and eggs have much to do with fertility, anyone who doesn't see that connection can ask for more clarification.

OLOE