No More Sea
'And there was no more sea'
Revelation Chapter 21 Verse 1
Here is something with which we are all familiar. We are all acquainted with the sea. Time was when many of our fathers depended on it for there livelihood. Some of them spent most of their lives upon it. Some who knew they had to face it were glad to turn their backs upon it: others, although they liked it, yet feared it. Many of their joys and sorrows were connected with it. In God’s Word the sea is typical of trouble, trials and death itself.
Let us consider the sea as typical of :
1 The sea as typical of unrest
The sea is one of God’s greatest wonders. David says in Psalm 95, ‘The sea is his, and he made it.’ It covers the great deep; it surrounds the world. Sometimes it is calm and beautiful and a pleasure to the eye to behold; at times its angry waves roar and break in pieces mighty ships, mercilessly drowning men. The sae typifies our life. Our lives are full of unrest. The world at the present time is like a stormy sea and the state of the world is a revelation of what our hearts are. The human heart craves and strives for satisfaction. Man designs one invention after another to satisfy this craving, and one source of pleasure after another fails to meet his need. We cannot find rest; we cannot find happiness in the things of the world.
There is soul satisfaction only n Christ. ‘Thou madest us for Thyself and our hearts are not at rest until they repose in Thee’ (Augustine). This is true of all men. Even in our most favourable circumstances there is some element that disturbs. Sometimes contrary winds blow and our hearts are heavy and full of care. And the cause of it all is sin which has alienated us from God. We refused to obey Him and wilfully chose to join His enemies. And men ‘will not come to Him that they may have life.’ So there is no rest for the wicked here or hereafter.
But how different is the case of those who come to Christ and enter into a saving relationship with Him. In this world they have rest of soul in Him in the very midst of their troubles. And in heaven for them all will be changed. ‘There will be no more sea,’ They will no more ‘reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man’ (Psalm 107:27) because of the wrath of the enemy. No more will they be weighed down with the care of their own soul and the souls of others. The adverse winds will blow no more. The storms will be over forever. They shall have eternal satisfaction and perfect rest. ‘There shall be no more sea.’
2 The sea as typical of separation
As we know in our own history the sea often separates us from our nearest and dearest. In pursuit of their lawful calling husband is separated from wife, parents from children, brother from sister. By the angry sea of persecution John, in the Isle of Patmos, was separated from the believers and from his friends. And the sea is typical of the distance between us and God. ‘Your iniquities have separated between you and your God’ (Isaiah 59:2). Yet the Bible proves that this distance can be removed. ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow’ (Isaiah 1:18). By Christ’s blood those who were afar off are brought nigh and ‘He is our peace who hath made both one’ (Ephesians 2:14).
In heaven there shall be no separation for ‘there shall be no more sae,’ and ‘God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes’ (Revelation 21:4). Some who were with us here lately and whose body was like the ‘bruised reed’ are now happy forever. For them ‘there shall be no more sea.’ They can sing:
I leave behind temptation
Danger, too, of land and sea
Weakness, guilt and all corruption
Mourning, gloom and fear doth flee.
They are no more with us in the means of grace in which their hearts were because Christ was there. For now Christ Himself is their ‘all in all.’ For them, with Mary and Martha, we prayed, ‘He whom thou lovest is sick.’ With them, when dear ones were taken, we said, ‘If thou hadst been here…’ But it was God’s will and we have to say, ‘He hath done all things well.’ He will come, as after Lazarus’s death, and raise others from the grave spiritually. But for them, ‘There is no more sea.’
3 The sea as typical of death
Many a stormy sea we pass through here. That is all in accordance with His will. But this ‘sea’ is before you and me. We may be near it or far from it but we must enter this Jordan, and we say with another:
I am on the brink of Jordan
Backward shrinks this mortal frame;
Well’t were for me to have the
Hope that ne’er shall put to shame.
And for some the waters are parted as the Red Sea was for Israel. Those in Christ shall pass over into the Promised Land above. ‘With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the King’s palace’ (Psalm 45:15). Death will be behind them forever.
A good woman in Sutherland, whose husband and two sons the sea had claimed, longed to be away. And when asked for the reason she replied, ‘There shall be no more sea.’ Sinner, what will you do? No one is to stay here. Pray now that He will prepare you. It is here men prepare. ‘Time is short.’ He waits to be merciful to you. He came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.