Has Easter lost its true meaning?
For many Jamaicans, Easter is about bun and cheese, time off to relax or to have a fun-filled getaway, or even go on an Easter egg hunt, which is now seeping into the Jamaican culture. The commercial element has overtaken the religious aspect, with many quite forgetting its true significance.
Despite the growing comercialisation, Christians across Jamaica still hold the holy season quite dear, ensuring that Easter remains a very important symbol in the life of the Church.
As Christians observed the central focus of their faith on Easter Sunday, the culmination of the 40 days of Lent, The Gleaner visited several churches across the Corporate Area,
Several persons shared their views on whether Easter has lost its true religious significance.
PASTOR CHARLES FRANCIS
Although we know the origin of the word Easter is from a pagan background, Christians seize the opportunity to use it as a time to commemorate the suffering, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of mankind and to guarantee their free salvation. Yes, we realise that more and more people are forgetting that and more are embracing the commercial aspect. But it is up to us as church leaders to keep the religious significance at the forefront and maintain its relevance.
REVEREND ROY HENRY
No, Easter has not lost its meaning. Easter is the fullest expression of God's love for humanity and the hope that it brings all of us that Christ has risen. There are various distractions that are taking place, so the scantiness of the churches at Easter service does not in any way reflect the significance of Easter. It really is just where people have placed their priority.
PASTOR TONY COUSINS
Easter has not lost its meaning. As a matter of fact, I think it is more intense. I have seen folks who you never see come to church coming out now because they recognise that the crucifixion and the resurrection are for real, so I have seen more folks turn out for it.
No, I wouldn't say it has lost its meaning. It's just that some people focus on the bun and cheese, but most people use the time to think about God.
Yes, I think Easter has lost its meaning. It kinda water-down now, and most people don't go with the traditions that we normally follow. Some people just do it routinely and some people just don't care. Even the bun and cheese get water-down, too, because if you go to supermarket, people not really picking up the bun and cheese thing anymore.
Some people see it as a tradition coming up through the years. Going to church, people realise that Christ died for them, so they really come to focus on the resurrection. Bun and cheese is just a minute aspect of it. The focus is really on Jesus Christ.
As long as the blood prevails, Easter will never lose its power. It's all about Jesus Christ ... the blood of Jesus Christ and Christ crucified.