The Case for Christmas book Review

Revision del libro, El Caso de la Navidad

By: Juan Ancalle

 This is the book we will be reading during this month before Christmas. I was visiting some websites from the most known Christian evangelical apologists in America and suddenly Lee Strobel’s[1] website came across and navigating among the books he authored, I found this book, I think it will help us to complement the series of sermons I’m going to be sharing during our worship services on Sundays (at 12:30 in Immanuel Bible Church Hispanic Ministry). Lee Strobel is a former atheist and journalist of The Chicago Tribune[2], a much known newspaper of Illinois. This book is part of his journey from atheism to finally find the Lord Jesus Christ by the testimony of a poor Christian family he found when doing his journalistic job. Impressed for the way this family’s belief and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, he decided to investigate journalistically why this was so, why a family like the Delgados had such conviction in the Lord Jesus Christ and as the shepherds have received the announcement that Jesus was born in Luke 2:8-18 and they were determined to find out the veracity of this announcement, he decides to investigate by himself to arrive to his own conclusion about “Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning”[3]

In his book Lee Strobel presents four evidences about the identity of the Lord Jesus Christ, which are the following as he mentions them: The eyewitness evidence, the scientific evidence, profile evidence and fingerprint evidence. For that purpose, he interviews some Bible scholars, experts in archeology and messianic prophesy as, Craig L. Blomberg, PhD, John McRay, PhD, Donald A. Carson, PhD and Louis S. Lapides, Mdiv, THM, to find out objectively, if there are reliable evidences that Jesus is God in flesh. He makes direct questions to his interviewed about the reliability of the ancient text as source to be considered valid for this purpose and compares it with other historically recognized documents, if the people of these narratives may be considered trustable eyewitnesses. He wants to know for his readers if archeology support the existence of people and places mentioned in the gospels, he wants to clarify if is there any possibility that these gospels narratives are in some way legends generated by the believers and goes question after question on key gospels claims. Then he goes to question what may reveal the deity of Lord Jesus Christ and which are the textual evidences that matches the claim about the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, which are the divine attributes in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and finally he asks questions related with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Jewish messiah, based in the conversion story of one of his interviewed, Louis S. Lapides, Mdiv, THM.

Putting together all this information from his interviews, the empty tomb, the eye witnesses, he arrives to a conclusion, what he calls “The Verdict of History”: “that the freshly born baby in the manger was the unique Son of God, sent on a mission to be the savior of the world”[4]. This book is recommended for those who are looking to verify the truth about the identity of the Lord Jesus Christ or for those that have certain doubts about the Lord or simply for those already believers that want to strength their faith in Lord Jesus Christ. See this post in (Spanish)

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Video about “The Case of Christmas” by Lee Strobel

[1] Lee Strobel’s website, http://www.leestrobel.com, 2014

[2] Chicago Tribune website, http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-books-0709-lee-strobel-20110715-story.html, 2014

[3] The Case For Christmas, A journalist investigates the identity of the child in the manger, by Lee Strobel, Zodervan, 3900 Sparks Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546, U.S.A. page 10.

[4] The Case For Christmas, A journalist investigates the identity of the child in the manger, by Lee Strobel, Zodervan, 3900 Sparks Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546, U.S.A. page 89.

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