Heaven is a wonderfully positive place! We shall
‘be away from the body and at home with the
Lord’ (2 Corinthians 5:8). We shall ‘be with
Christ, for that is far better’ (Philippians
1:23). Our ‘eyes will behold the king in his
beauty’ and ‘they will see a land that stretches
afar [a land of far distances]’ (Isaiah 33:17).
We shall have entered ‘into the joy of (our)
master’ (Matthew 25:21). We shall be where ‘the
wicked cease from troubling, and .. the weary
are at rest’ (Job 3:17). A wonderfully positive
How interesting it is, therefore, that much of
the language Scripture uses to describe heaven
is cast in the negative. I refer to what we
often speak of as the ‘no mores’ of heaven. Why
is this? Our dear friend Octavius Winslow has
the answer. ‘Who can fail to recognise in this
arrangement of the picture the hand of a Divine
Artist? Throwing in the background of the canvas
some of the darker shadows of the present life,
the great and attractive objects of the future
are thus made to stand out in more distinct form
and in richer glow. By portraying to us what
heaven is NOT, we form a more correct and bright
conception of what heaven really is’.
There are several of these ‘no mores’, and they
all bear witness to Winslow’s remarks. To know
that there will be in heaven no more tears,
mourning or crying tells us very vividly what a
happy and blissful place it is – that there is
no more pain speaks of being finished with
affliction, weakness and persecution – no more
hungering and thirsting speaks of absolute
satisfaction and contentment, with every need
supplied – no more death gives us a sweet
assurance of the life, vigour and victory of
heavenly experience – while no more night
provides the rich comfort of complete safety,
security and peace, with nothing to threaten or
cause alarm anymore.
There is another ‘no more’, however, which can
be easily missed – yet it is one of the most
precious of all: no more sea (Revelation 21:1).
To many here on earth, the sea has great appeal
– sailing, swimming, cruising, travelling,
adventuring, and so on. Waves, surf, billows,
reefs, or just the sight of calm and still
waters, each hold their own attraction, and
speak powerfully of the glory of the One who
created them. But the sea can also be a very
dangerous place, with many terrors – somewhere
where many people have come to grief or lost
their lives. There is more than one character to
So why this particular mention, concerning
heaven, of no more sea?
1) Here is assurance of our sins having been
dealt with completely. Already God has ‘cast all
our sins into the depths of the sea’ (Micah
7:19) – and there,
there will be no more sea at all!
2) Sea is often an image of turmoil,
restlessness, and agitation – it
rages, it tosses, it rises and falls – and there,
all will be absolute serenity and calm, with
nothing to disturb in any way!
3) For all that some love the sea, others are
terrified by it – while there,
no terrors will remain, either for body or soul!
There will be no place for sin, fear, anxiety,
distress – or the devil.
4) Nations on earth are often divided by seas
and oceans – there,
however, will dwell that ‘great multitude that
no one could number, from every nation, from all
tribes and peoples and languages, standing
before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed
in white robes, with palm branches in their
hands, and crying out with a loud voice,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the
throne, and to the Lamb!’’ (Revelation 7:9f).
Ah! ‘Could we but climb where Moses stood – And
view the landscape o’er – Not Jordan’s stream,
nor death’s cold flood – Should fright us from