What's up, danger?
Ayy, don't be a stranger
'Cause I like high chances that I might lose (lose)
I like it all on the edge just like you, ayy
I like tall buildings so I can leap off of 'em
I go hard wit' it no matter how dark it is
I'm insane but on my toes
I could keep the world balanced on my nose
I had a slumber party wit' all my foes
Now I wear 'em like a badge of honor all my clothes
If I'm crazy, I'm on my own
If I'm waitin', it's on my throne
If I sound lazy, just ignore my tone
'Cause I'm always gonna answer when you call my phone
Like, what’s up danger.
If you haven’t seen the Academy Award-winning movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you probably should. In my opinion, it’s one of the best superhero movies to come out… ever. And there are a lot of those at this point.
The song I quoted above comes from that movie. The protagonist of the movie is a kid from Brooklyn, NY named Miles Morales. The whole movie he struggles to find who he really is. His Spider-Man persona becomes a vehicle for him to find himself. Eventually, he masters his powers and heads toward his final face-off with the villain.
Before leaving for the final showdown, Miles is perched high atop New York’s tallest building. He’s overlooking his city, and the song, “What’s Up Danger” begins to play in the background. He knows that fighting the evil that has begun to destroy his city may cost him his life, but he’s no longer afraid. Danger and Miles are on a first name basis. He dares to push forward into the fray.
This Sunday we fast-forward to the 11 chapter of Mark. In my imaginary Hamilton-esque retelling of the gospel story, Jesus would be on the Mount of Olives overlooking his holy city and “What’s Up Danger” would begin to play. He knows that the stakes are high. He knows that his life will be required of him. But this is why he came. He must push forward into the fray and take on the darkness he was born to destroy… even though it will cost him his life. Jesus dared to ride into Jerusalem because his eyes were trained on the cross.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. We’ll look deeply into the triumphal entry of Jesus for which Palm Sunday remembers. Join us as we see Jesus dare to advance into enemy territory like never before.
Join us for worship tomorrow!
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