The Sacrament of Failure

The Sacrament of Failure

Scripture Reading: The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth / The Mission of the Twelve

In 1961 the Swedish warship Vasa broke the surface of the water after 333 years on the bottom of the sea. Divers had discovered the ancient wooden vessel just a few years before. When it was built in 1628, the Vasa was a marvel of the latest technology. It was like the atomic bomb of its day. The biggest and mightiest of warships with two decks and 64 massive cannons. The Swedish King, in a desperate fight with Poland, was eager to have the new weapon involved in his war. On Sunday, August 10th, 1628, the beaches around Stockholm were filled with spectators and foreign diplomats eager to watch the maiden voyage of the mightiest warship ever built.