Song Reflection: “Jesus What a Savior” by Housefires

By Bryn Rademaker

There are three main types of Jesus Jams out there: 

  1. Simple Jesus Jams that tell a beautiful, life-inspiring story about how God changed someone’s life.
  2. Hardcore dance party Jesus Jams that you can’t help but dancing to—more like jumping around to—that are just total bops.
  3. Those super repetitive Jesus Jams that feel like they’re never going to end, even when the world finally ends as the Lord comes again one day. 

“Jesus What a Savior” happens to be the third type of Jesus Jam, as it goes on for over 12 minutes, repeating 3 simple phrases about a million times.

But for as #3 category Jesus Jam as it is, I’m still somehow completely obsessed with this tune! I find myself playing it every chance I get, even when I’m taking a quick 3-minute drive to the store or unpacking my bags from traveling for the 25th time this summer.

The reason I love this song so much is because of its simple reminder of the greatest act of love in history: God’s salvation of humanity on the cross. Not only did Jesus give up his entire life so that we could fully live, but he also gave us a perfect model of how to most purely love.

I recently attended a daily Mass where our priest was explaining the gift of being reminded of things: warm memories from our past, people that made a huge impact in our lives, even old songs or dances we used to memorize with our friends growing up… and most importantly being reminded of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. When we remember life-changing moments like these, we are more able to come to terms with what/how much they actually mean.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

This is one quote that I find myself constantly in need of being reminded of, especially when faced with opportunities in which it is difficult to choose sacrificial love over my own comfort. There are those times when we may feel good about loving another by sacrificing something, but often times it’s because we want to do it or it’s not too far out of our comfort zone. The greatest acts of love come when we really don’t want to choose to love the other but end up doing so despite our obstinacy.

Housefire’s song featured this month points us to our loving Teacher as they cry out:

“Hallelujah, hallelujah, 

What a beautiful way you showed us;

Hallelujah, hallelujah,

What a wonderful Savior.”

And what a gift it is to be reminded of that moment in history when his pure sacrifice saved us all.

See, repetitive Jesus Jams aren’t so bad after all, right? My hope is that our world will find a deeper appreciation for tunes like these, for it is in being reminded over and over again that we sometimes finally understand what the simple messages mean.

~We truly have never known a love like yours, Lord.~

 ~ Forming in only 2014, the Christian band Housefires was created in Atlanta, Georgia through a church and their release of a few worship albums. The band grew from just a few members of Grace Midtown Church to more members on instruments and vocals over the next few years. You can find them performing at their monthly worship nights on campus. When scanning their website, you will first see their beautiful motto: “Our hope is that these songs would spark fires that burn bright in ordinary houses all over the world. That you would be awake to God in every part of your life…the polished and the ordinary.” Other famous hits by Housefires include “Build My Life,” “Good Good Father,” and “On and On.”

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