Gospel Tract: Who is Jesus?

Matthew Hall asks about the usefulness of gospel tracts. I believe that good literature can serve as wonderful evangelistic tools. Unfortunately, most tracts that I’ve encountered have very weak or faulty theology and could do more harm than good. They leave the reader either confused or with a false sense of security. I wish I would have saved a tract someone handed me in a crowd a few months ago. It contained a few passages of scripture that didn’t have any discernable connection to one another, a few cheesy religious clip art images, and of course the obligatory “sinners prayer.” Even I had a hard time de scrambling the intended message. I’m sure the folks handing them out meant well, but I don’t know how effective the small slips of paper were in the hands of the uninitiated.

For some time I’ve said I should write a tract of my own. I recently heard of a church who encourages all of their church members to write up their personal testimony, describing how God worked in their lives to bring them to Himself. The church then professionally prints the text for distribution in their community. I think that’s a wonderful idea.

Recently I have been using a tract published by Grace to You. It comes as a 10 page booklet, a little smaller than a CD case insert. The front cover pictures an eye catching Stop sign with the words, “Who do you think I am?” Enough space on the back allows you to add a sticker for your own ministry. You can read the text for yourself below.

stop sign

Who do you think that I am?” With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.


Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well. Consider what the Bible says about Him


While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

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C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!


God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”


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Our failure to obey God–to be holy–places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.”

According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

All Violaters Will Be Prosecuted

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

This Way Out

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).


Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison–thinking it’s medicine–all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

One Way

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God–then and forever.


Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.


Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection–the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.


Danger Ahead

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”


No Parking

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you–free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


Dear Brother in the Lord,

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of the risen Saviour Jesus Christ. Trust this mail will find you in the best of health. By the grace of God, we had the opportunity to use some of your TRACTS in our village outreach. Those tracts were a great blessing to us and the people. Nowadays, there are very few institutions that print the tracts and I thank god for your tract publishing ministry.

For the last 30 Years we are proclaiming the good news in the villages. We have gone into the hundreds of villages in the districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Karur, and Trichy preaching and distributing gospels and tracts. We find the tracts are very useful in the village outreach. We receive tracts from various sources. Presently we are praying to reach the villages in the district of Madurai and we have planned to reach about 1500 villages in this district.

We would be highly thankful if you could supply us the needed tracts, New Testaments, Sunday school materials, pictures and any other useful materials for the village outreach . If possible, please print our address in the contact address so as to enable the people to contact us easily. If you want we can send the pictures taken during the tract distribution and send testimonies. If you want to translate any of your tracts in TAMIL we will do it freely. Tamil language is one of the major language in INDIA. If you are intresting to translate and print the tract in Tamil , it would be a great help for us and other christian organisations. Please consider it.

We are praying for your valuable ministry and for you and family. We are having 40 days fasting and prayer from April 1st to May 10th. During this prayer time we are praying that the Lord bless you and provide all the needs and enable you to print in hundreds of languages. We thank God for this opportunity to be in contact with you and hope to have a continued fellowship with you in the days to come. Look forward to hear from you. God bless you abundantly.

With Prayers
Your Brother

P. Elangovan
Go ye Missions
visit our website: http://www.goyemissions.org

I remember back in my long hair days of people passing out the “Chick Cartoon Tracts”. I thought then, and still do, there was a better way to reach people than with silly cartoon tracts. That being said, the need for well designed Christian literature to leave at strategic points is really needed.