Two pathways in the brain process touch.
The first is a sensory pathway, which gives us the facts about what we are touching, such as texture, pressure and location.
The second pathway processes the emotions corresponding to what we are touching, such as social bonding, pleasure and pain.
The Easter Experience at Southeast Christian Church is designed to elicit emotions through a sensory-driven experience
CAM Connections Pastor Zach Motes said the Easter Experience is designed to do what simply reading or hearing the Easter story can’t.
“We want to create an interactive experience that really is a journey through the life of Jesus leading up to His death and resurrection,” Motes said. “We usually either hear the Easter story in a sermon, read about it or take time to think about it. We wanted to create an opportunity for people to walk through it.”
The Easter Experience includes eight stations.
“All of these stations are really to start asking questions of us about our relationship with Jesus through an interactive experience,” Motes added.
The Triumphal Entry: When Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey.
The Last Supper: Jesus sharing a meal with His Disciples.
The Betrayal: Judas’ response to Jesus. “Judas had a price and traded Him for 30 pieces of silver,” Motes said. “So what are those things that we often sacrifice our relationship with Jesus for?”
The Garden of Gethsemane: A time for reflection and meditation as Jesus prepares for the cross.
The Arrest: The transition from the quiet, internal battle of Jesus in the garden to the sounds of Roman soldiers as they seize Him.
The Crown of Thorns and Flogging: The physical cruelty that Jesus endured for us.
The Cross: The opportunity to carry a life-sized wooden cross and hammer nails into it.
The Tomb: To remind us we’re dead to sin and alive in Christ. This includes a celebratory choir.
“We want to end on a high note that celebrates the life of Jesus,” Motes added. “That we get to walk into the world based on what He did for us and that the story doesn’t end, it’s really just the beginning.”
Southeast’s College-Age Ministry is hosting and serving for this free event, which takes about an hour to walk through at your own pace.