Who is Jesus? (Alternate, NKJV)
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- Format: Folded Tract
- Paper: Gloss Text
- Size: 3.5 inches x 5.5 inches
- Pages: 6
- Version: NKJV
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Who is Jesus?
If you were to ask this simple question to six different people, you might very well get six different answers:
• A good moral teacher
• A prophet
• Nothing more than a Jewish carpenter
• One of many paths to heaven
• A miracle worker by the power of darkness
• God’s Son and the Savior of the world
Well, one thing is for sure, if we are going to be honest with each other we are going to have to admit that each of these differing views can not be correct. So, the question remains, who is Jesus? According to the Bible, His birth was very special. So special, that an angel announced it: “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”1
Hmmm, the Bible says that Jesus Christ is a “Savior” and that He was born … for me. Perhaps you are like I was a few years ago when I considered this angelic announcement from the Bible of Jesus’ birth and thought that while it was a nice story, I wasn’t really sure that I needed a “Savior.” (That sounded just a bit overly dramatic.) Look, I reasoned, I may not be perfect and I know that I need a little help every now and then, but a “Savior?” To be honest with you, I thought I was doing pretty good...at least better than a lot of people who I knew or who I would hear about on the news. This being the case, why would I need a “Savior?” The Bible answers that question for us when it tells us that God doesn’t measure us by our own standard of being “good”—whether we are better than other people or whether we have done more good stuff in our life than bad stuff. You see, the Bible tells us that before God sent Jesus as our “Savior,” He sent us His standard for being good, a to-do list called the 10 Commandments. Let’s look at three of them and consider how we are doing.
• Do not lie—I’ve lied...I’m guilty...how about you?
• Do not steal—I have taken things that don’t belong to me … I’m guilty … you?
• Do not murder—You may think, like I did, “Hey, I’ve never actually killed anyone so I am okay with this one.” However, since God looks upon our hearts, the Bible says that if we have hatred in our heart towards another person, we are guilty of breaking this commandment … I’m guilty again! (And, I’m pretty sure that you have also had hateful feelings towards another person at some point in your life.)
These are just three commandments and I am guilty of breaking each of them. When we break Gods laws this is called sin and the truth is, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”2 After realizing this, the Bible tells us that the news actually gets worse “for the wages of sin is death.”3 Keep in mind though, that a serious medical condition can not be correctly addressed until it is properly diagnosed. In the same way, we can not receive God’s spiritual healing until we know His diagnosis of our true spiritual condition.
Upon informing us of our sinfulness, the God of the Bible, unlike traditional “religion” at this point, does not tell us to work harder in order to earn His favor and our way into heaven. In effect, God tells us that we are too bad off to help ourselves. But, He also tells us that we are more loved than we ever dare imagine when the Bible tells us that “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”4
The good news of the Bible is that Jesus, God’s Son, lived a sinless life and willingly shed His blood on the Cross in order that we can have our sin debt forgiven. Then, on the third day He rose back to life and has the authority to say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”5 Now, listen to God’s invitation: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believe in his name, He gave the right to become children of God.”6
To believe in the name of Jesus as your “Savior” means more than just memorizing some facts about Him or attending a church on a regular basis. It means that you:
• Admit (confess) to God that you are a sinner.
• Humbly admit that you can not save yourself.
• By God’s grace have a sincere heartfelt desire to turn (repent) from your sin to God.
• Place your faith in Jesus by trusting in His sacrificial death on the Cross for your sins, and His bodily resurrection back to life.
Some people say that we can never be sure of who Jesus is. Well, the Bible makes a wonderful promise to us when it says, “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”7 So, how about you? Who do you say that Jesus is? Please consider rereading this short tract again if necessary and talking to God about who Jesus is. Especially take time to contemplate the Bible verses that are in red type. If you are sincerely ready to call Him your personal “Savior,” do so right now. It is indeed quite sobering to acknowledge that “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgement.”8 However, it is quite encouraging to recognize that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”9
Two great next steps for new believers, as well as for those who have sincere questions about Jesus Christ, are:  take at least 15-minutes out of every day to read a chapter from the New Testament and talk (pray) to God about it &  attend a Bible teaching church.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”10
Bible references: 1Luke 2:10-11 (KJV); 2Romans 3:23; 3Romans 6:23; 4Romans 5:8 (NIV); 5John 14:6; 6John 1:12 (NIV); 7John 20:31; 8Hebrews 9:27 (ESV); 9Romans 10:13; 10John 3:16