Movie Night – How to Train Your Dragon

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Getting It Wrong – The vikings are set to destroy what they think is evil, even though the dragons turn out to be good. Those who killed Jesus were threatened by His power. They claimed He was evil. They even claimed he was demon possessed in Mark 12:22-29. But just like the vikings, some realized just how wrong they were. Mark 15:39 shows that moment of realization. 

Not the King We’re Looking For – Hiccup is the son of the viking king. He’s expected to take his father’s place and to lead his people. The only problem is that Hiccup isn’t the kind of person that becomes king. His compassion is seen as weakness. His tiny arms are seen as weakness. He just isn’t the kind of person that becomes king. The same can be said for Jesus. The Jews were waiting for a political and military king like the kings of the past. But Jesus shows up to be the king that no one was looking for. A king with a crown of thorns. Mark 15:27-32 shows the moment that Jesus takes his place as king. 

Healing AND Restoration – Hiccup restores the ability to fly to toothless, a dragon that everyone else believes to be evil. He doesn’t just help toothless physically, he also changes how the world sees dragons. Likewise, Jesus restores the ability to walk for a man that everyone else thought was sinful. But he didn’t just heal him physically, he forgave his sins. Mark 2:1-12 shows the story of healing and restoration for a man who would have been considered an outsider.

Destroying Evil – Hiccup and Toothless destroy the ultimate evil…the dragon-king. This ushers in a new era of peace and harmony between dragons and people. On the cross, Christ destroys sin, ushering in a new era of harmony between God and His people. Read John 19:28-30. When Jesus says “it is finished,” what is he talking about?