“And the Sea shall be no more” – Sermon for Easter 5C 2010

The biblical texts have an incredible ability to pack dense meaning into a simple phrase. In this week's reading from the Book of Revelation the seemingly "toss off phrase" describing the new Heaven and the new Earth helps us to unpack the reality behind Peter's baptism of Cornelius and his family.

First we have to understand what the Sea represented to the Hebrew people. Then by understanding what it would indicate that in the creation "the sea would be no more" we see that God's reconciliation of the world accomplished in the Passion of Jesus gives us a sign of where God would have us go in our own day to proclaim the Good News.

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Author: Nick Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...