Good afternoon song talkers! Today we are gonna rap about a song that seems to be born out of Mark 4 and 5. The writers of "Tremble", the focus of today's blog, are worship leaders and pastors from Mosaic church in Los Angeles, CA. The immense darkness that envelops a city like that cannot be overstated. But as the authors say, "it can be overcome". Just a general google search of crime in LA will give you the idea of the amount of hopelessness and lostness in southern California. However, the same can be stated of our world in general. Lostness is everywhere we look. Typically even in little Springfield, MO the first two or three news stories on the evening news will be related to crime is some form. Families are broken, sin is rampant and almost celebrated throughout our political systems and sexualized culture. The brokenness is not simply relegated to humanity. Creation itself seems to be groaning. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters claim hundreds of lives per year.
Darkness and fear is all around us. It was in Jesus day as well. In Mark 4 and 5 there are four stories that highlight the inherent Godliness of Jesus over this fear and darkness. The first is found in Mark 4:35-41. Go ahead and read it. I'll wait…
I love verse 41, "They were terrified, and asked each other, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him'". Kills me. The fear they had of the storms raging around them ceased, but a new fear developed…a fear on the inside. Who is this guy?
The second story happens immediately after they got to the other side of the sea. Mark 5:1-20. Again…I'll wait. No, you need to go read it.
Okay, what?! This is a great story. Some dude that chains can't hold down, is cut up and bloodied and has taken up residence in the graves of Gerasene, is terrorizing the area. He takes one look at Jesus, recognizes him, and begs Christ not to torture him. Apparently evil spirits recognize Jesus and don't even attempt to put up a fight! Jesus commands the "legion" to come out of the man and send them into a herd of doomed to drown pigs. Best verse in the story, vs 15: "When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid." Again, fear. Jesus does his thing, and we are afraid.
Finally, two stories that happen at the same time, Mark 5:21-43. This one is a little longer, so I'm gonna grab a cup of coffee while you read it…mmm…coffee.
Finished? Okay, cliff notes version. Jesus heals a woman of her disease, and brings a little girl back to life! Jesus commands Jairus to NOT be what…afraid. Don't be afraid. Jesus is here. His daughter ate breakfast with Jesus that morning. The woman reached out and touched His cloak, knowing what she did and what had happened, was at His feet "trembling with fear". Jesus calms her fear, "Your faith has healed you, go in peace, be freed from your suffering."
Jesus makes the darkness tremble. He makes the fear be quiet. He brings the chaos to peace. The shadows of sin and darkness simple cannot deny His power. What a powerful name. Do you know Him. Do you have fear today? Is darkness enveloping your life? Does sin an evil have you chained to the grave? Cry out to Jesus. He controls the wind and waves. He commands evil to flee. He heals disease and reverses death. Most importantly, He knows and loves you. Don't delay, do it now. Call out to Him, He's got you covered.
Mark and Allen