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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

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May 6

Written by: Andries
Sunday, May 06, 2018 7:28:14 PM  RssIcon

While some of the Christian holy days have been commercialized to the extent that they are barely recognizable as Christian commemorations, like Christmas and Easter, others are being ignored into oblivion by civil society and business. Two of these uncared for by society Christian celebrations, are Ascension Day and Pentecost.
 
The reason they are nowhere to be found in news broadcasts or advertisements, is that the thought of an almighty, glorious and victorious Jesus Christ who is in control of everything and demands obedience of all and who sent his Spirit to act in our world with his resurrection power, is not a popular thought within the unbelieving, agnostic society. They may even fear the divine Judge that will test what they had done, when Christ returns on the clouds.
 
People in government must have thought that this Christian celebration is not important to Christians in South Africa and that is why it is not a public holiday anymore, although it had been for centuries and still is in many other countries!
 
But the Lord’s Church is not dependent on the political views of the powerful! Their views will not keep us from fellowship and the commemoration of the glorious event of the enthronement of Christ in heaven, remembering that all power and authority in heaven and on earth belongs to our Saviour.
Without confessing and considering the Ascension of Christ, the Gospel narrative is incomplete.
And we do not need the state’s permission to glorify our exalted Lord.
 
On Ascension Day we remember the enthronement of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and Christ our Saviour - as the King of kings and the Lord of lords and that to Jesus has been given all authority, everywhere and over everything and everyone in heaven and earth.
Christ is worthy to initiate God’s plan of salvation, and make it happen all over the world.
Christ is worthy of our love, adoration and praise.
 
The Ascension of Jesus Christ must be essential, crucial, to all Christians. The future of God‘s work and the Church is at stake - for only by the power of Christ that rose from the dead, and rose to heaven, do we have a future, do we have a vision of divine victory, can we have hope and can we have faith.
 
The universal Church commemorates the Ascension for the sake of the glory of God and for his honour, but also for the wellbeing of God’s work on earth and the coming of the eternal Kingdom.
We laud, praise and worship our God who gave the eternal Son the power to rule and reign for our benefit and salvation, to lead his Church amidst danger, temptation and challenge, to intercede for us and prepare for us an eternal home with God our Father.
 
Yet we also remember for each other’s sake.
The least we can do is to encourage one another to serve the living Lord. The least we can do for each other is to show our love by being one in admiration, in obedience and in labouring for our Lord.
 
For there is no King without a people. There are no people without those that follow Christ: worshiping, praising and exalting Jesus in fellowship with each other, seeking to glorify his Name as we work for the coming of God’s Kingdom in the lives of people, of communities and of nations – to the ends of the earth.
 
Let’s pray that all God’s people will on Ascensions Day, and every day of their lives, testify of the enthroned, almighty, exalted Christ - that the world may know our Lord is alive and Lord of all and that we found redemption and unity only in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
 
Lord Jesus, only you are worthy!
We celebrate your enthronement, power and authority, because we love you.

 

    

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