Ascension Day, as a public holiday in South Africa, was abolished in 1993 to make way for Humanism holidays like Worker’s Day, Freedom Day and Human Rights Day. Has this lead to Christians forgetting and not fully understanding the meaning of Ascension Day?
Here is a simple question for you: are you at work today? If the answer is YES, then my answer is YES.
Just because the government has abolished the fourth most important day on the Christian calendar, doesn’t mean that you need to abolish your Christian beliefs. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the minority religions that don’t have to answer to their bosses for taking days off due to their faiths: The Muslims and Jews. And I can tell you one thing, they’re not apologetic about it. And neither should you be. The South African government, both pre and post Apartheid never officially recongnised Muslim and Jewish holidays, but you never saw these people at work. Think back and see how many businesses were closed during minority religious holidays. You can’t even find a shop open on Friday between 13h00 and 14h00 on Friday. Not law, but practiced by Muslim faith.
Did you know that the church itself is closed on Ascension Day? Call them, no-one is there. There will be a service tonight, as it’s customary to practice the faith with a service.
Why you should practice Ascension Day: If you’ve lost the meaning and reason for Ascension Day, read below:
The Ascension proclaims the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life. Jesus has all authority. Jesus is Lord over the world of business, sports, entertainment, and government. Jesus Christ is Lord over the schools, the shops, the cinemas, the factories, the hospitals, the law courts and parliament. There is no area of life that is outside of the authority of Christ. Every doctor, teacher, policeman, parliamentarian, businessman, factory worker, mother, father, magistrate and Supreme Court justice will have to individually stand before Almighty God on the Day of Judgement and give an account of our lives. (This puts into perspective as to why the government abolished the public holiday, as they believe that they are above Jesus Christ).
The Ascension celebrates the vindication and victory of Christ. No doubt, Caiaphas, the high priest, king Herod and the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, thought that they were very important and powerful people. Yet these religious and political leaders are only remembered today because they arrogantly dismissed Christ Jesus. They didn’t recognise that they were condemning to death the Creator, the Giver of life, the eternal Judge before whom each one of us must stand. The Emperor Augustus who issued the decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world, requiring everyone to return to their town of birth, could not have realised at the time that the baby born to third class subjects in far away Judea would one day judge him.
The Ascension proclaims the ultimate victory of Christ. Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Those that refuse to bow to Christ as Saviour and Lord, today, in the day of grace when forgiveness is freely available, will one day be forced to bow to Christ as the eternal Judge – when they will be condemned to Hell forever.
The Ascension is a great comfort to believers who suffer persecution.
We have an Advocate in Heaven. He hears our prayers. He ever lives to make intercession for us. He will come again. He will crush all His enemies. Therefore we should not fear governments, popes or councils. We should not bow before idols, nor should we compromise the essential principles of our Faith.
Though Christ is physically absent from the earth, yet, through His Holy Spirit, He is spiritually present. He is all knowing, everywhere present and all powerful.
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Ascension Day is still a public holiday in these countries:
- The Netherlands.
If you’re at work today, take the rest of the day off. Or if all else fails, take your family to the Ascension Day service tonight, and listen closely. Perhaps next year you’ll stand up for your Christian Rights and plan carefully, by taking the day off, intentionally informing your supervisor of the reason why. Perhaps they’ll join you. And if your boss isn’t Christian, don’t be afraid to stand up and tell them what you believe in. They can’t judge you, only the Lord can. Remember that.
Enjoy the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ today.