Today is Easter Monday, it’s the day after Easter Sunday when Jesus rose from the dead. It’s another day of celebration, just like every day is because Jesus has saved us from our sins. There are so many things we could talk about on Easter Monday, but the passage that stood out from of all of those that I read over the past day or so that came through apps, emails, sermons and other sources is Isaiah 53:4-5:
“Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Easter is all about hope, it is the promise of a blessed future, it is one of the biggest and best gifts anyone could ever get. But sometimes we forget the connection between Easter and Good Friday and that’s the forgiveness we’re given, the clean slate, the opportunity to heal from our past. There is pain and suffering in our world, something that will continue until we’ve finished this life. We talk plenty about the suffering, but we don’t talk about what should come next as much, and that’s healing.
I know that Jesus is God’s son and therefore could never be only human, but during the 30 some years that He spent on earth He was ‘fully human and fully divine’. So the days following Easter and the Resurrection were important for multiple reasons. First because Jesus had to prove that He had risen, that He wasn’t dead and that Salvation has been realized. Second, I think it was important for Jesus to have some time to say goodbye to those who had come to mean so much to Him on a very personal level, and have some time to heal from what was undoubtedly a very traumatic experience for Him and those who loved Him.
Yes, it’s important to move forward in our lives after bad things happen, but there’s no shame in taking time to heal, and getting help if you need it. Sometimes that help means reaching out to other people, other times the only one that can help us find any peace or begin to heal is God. If we’re honest about it many of us have something in our past or even our presence that needs some healing. If that’s the case for you I would encourage you to accept the healing that Easter brings and begin to work on healing your hurts.