A resource that pastors, church leaders, in fact, every Christian needs are good tracts and books which clearly explain who Jesus is and what He has done, that they can give away to those who have not yet put their trust in Him.
Who is Jesus? does exactly what the title says. Over 8 chapters, Gilbert clearly explains from the Bible who Jesus is and what He came to do and how every person should respond to Him. In that respect, there are lots of other books that do a similar thing.
The strength of his book comes in the opening chapter and the final word.
In the opening chapter, he encourages the reader to “give Jesus a chance”. It’s a serious challenge to take the time needed to find out what the truth about Jesus is, something they can do by reading the chapters which follow.
But having encouraged the reader to discover the answer to this important question, with his final word, Gilbert takes this book a step further than other books like it, because here he presses home the urgency of responding now by putting your faith in Jesus.
“The day of salvation and mercy and grace is only so long, and that means that one day, the choice will no longer be yours. It will be made for you, and the choice that will be made is that you will be cast away from God, from Jesus, forever.”
Yet he also wants to keep the door open for those who aren’t ready to do this, by pleading with them to keep asking questions about Jesus and examining and explore the reasons why they will not rely on Him to save them.
“Maybe you’re not ready yet to put your faith in Jesus. If so, why not? What other questions do you have? What is holding you back? Once you identify those things, don’t just walk away from them. Examine them. Pursue them. Find an answer to your questions. This issue – “Who is Jesus?” – is of crucial importance. Don’t ignore it or put it off.”
To your tool belt of evangelistic resources to give away, Who is Jesus?, is one to add.
And if you are a Christian needing a reminder of who Jesus is, well, you won’t be disappointed by taking the time to read this book. In fact, some of the freshness Gilbert brings to truths that will inevitably be familiar to you make it worthwhile to do so.
Thank you Crossway for providing a free copy of this book through Beyond the Page.