Jason Hofer

Presents 'SCARS'

You may ask why release a Christmas song in May?  While it’s true this song was written in December, the Christmas pattern I want to highlight is bigger than December.  This pattern I’m talking about is displayed in 1 Cor 1:27-29

“27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”

The lyrics in this song go:
“Wouldn’t it be like God to come, to a humble manger born”
In our wisdom the answer is no. If I was thinking of the way that would be just like God to come to earth it would be far more prestigious; but that’s the whole point because:

“Wouldn’t it be like God to come, in ways WE would not form”

This can be a hard truth to rest in when it comes down to our lives though.  When pain, sorrow, loss, brokenness, injustice, hopelessness, or hurt come upon us it’s hard to rest under the yoke of those burdens.  We rather wish God would work in the ways we would form for ourselves; comfort, ease, prosperity (just a ‘little’ more), rest, health, and yet do we feel our spiritual sickness or poverty as acutely as our physical?  Which of these comforts increase our faith? Which of these cause us to seek God more fully or as urgently?

Let us take heart; for though we walk in the valley of the shadow of death:  we have a God who is near the broken hearted (Ps 51:17), who saves us while we are still enemies (Rom 5:10), who came to the lowly and downtrodden (Matt 9:11), who finishes what he starts (Phil 1:6), from whom we cannot be separated (Rom 8:37), and does all this in ways we would not form, ways too wonderful which we do not know (Job 42:3) .  
Hope you find this song a great encouragement.  

~Jason

The Lord came down to walk with man
But found him turned from God aside
Two natures in the person Christ
To mediate our cursed plight

The Lord came down to speak with man
To break our pattern of try fail kill try again
Of loving God, and loving man
Of being the change, by which we can

The radiance shone from west to east
The star proclaimed, A king is born
Wouldn’t it be like God to come, to a humble manger born
Wouldn’t it be like God to come, in ways we would not form

The Lord came down to die for man, 
As a shepherd for his sheep lays down, 
This preeminent salvation plan, 
For those who dwell, on this cursed hard ground

Released May 18, 2018
Music and Lyrics by Jason Hofer
Recorded by Jason Hofer
Photography & Design By: Daniel Melvill Jones

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