THE PRINCESS BRIDES is a top five cinematic choice of mine. Miracle Max played by Billy Crystal is an iconic character. And his scene with the “almost dead” Wesley (AS YOU WISH) is unforgettable. Inigo Montoya brings Wesley into Miracle Max’s home and lays him out on the table. The following exchange occurs.
Inigo says, “He is dead.”
Miracle Max responds, “Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.
Inigo, “What’s that?”
Miracle Max: “Go through his clothes and look for loose change!
The church in Sardis was mostly dead. They had a reputation for being alive, but in reality they were dead, Revelations 3:1.
Unless they quickly do five things they will be “all dead.” You find those five things in verses two through four. I refer to them as: Wake Up, Pump Up, Call Up, Cowboy Up and Back Up.
The church was not “all dead.” There were a few disciples left in Sardis. But most of them had taken their relationship with Christ for granted. Most thought Christ would cut them slack for being Slackars. But Christ takes our response to Him very seriously. How seriously? “Therefore, if you do not wake up (step one) I will come like a thief and you do not know that hour I will come to you,” 3:3b. This does not refer to the Second Coming. But rather an unexpected visit to the church. This is the ultimate “Come to Jesus moment!” For someone involved in banking, this would be like the SEC unexpectedly showing up in your office.
But for those who OVERCOME (take seriously their salvation) He promises to not do one thing, and to do something else. Look at 3:5.
As you read through this passage, Christ says they are dead, 2:1. Does He mean they were never saved or were once saved and had lost their salvation? Is this akin to James’ “dead faith?” Secondly, is it possible Christ erases names of Christians from the Book of Life? Thirdly, if we do not confess Christ on earth will Christ not confess in Heaven, thereby consigning us to Hell?
This passage is packed with theological intrigue is it not? And I cannot wait to unpack it it with you this Sunday.