I know that I may be sounding like a traditionalist, or perhaps like the man of whom Paul warned you in Col 2:16 “Let no one pass judgement on you in questions of food and drink , or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath…”. People in Colossae were defining religion by what they ate and drank and by what sacred days they kept. I assure you that I am not a traditionalist, nor a legalist. I believe that Ascension Day is a profoundly Christ centered event, and as such, ought to be celebrated and remembered in the Christian church.
The fact is that Thursday , the 17th May will probably pass unnoticed by many Christians in the world!
Namibia is one of the few countries in the world that still has “Ascension Day” listed as a public holiday. That is truly remarkable, particularly when we remember that hardly anyone here knows what ‘ascension’ means, let alone what it’s theological significance might be.
Ascension day is a Christ centered event. 40 days after the resurrection Christ left this earth in bodily form and ascended to be where He came from, at His Father’s right hand in heaven. From there He now rules and from there He intercedes for His people. From there He shall come again.
I lament the fact that Christendom in general has forgotten this event. In terms of theological significance can we really says that, in the scheme of things, the ascension of Christ is less significant that the birth (incarnation) of Christ? Surely not!
We call upon the church in Namibia ( and worldwide) to recognize Ascension Day by honouring it with a public service of praise and thanksgiving, and we commend our governing authorities for upholding this day as a public holiday.