5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day." -- Matthew 16:21 (NKJV)
"Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;" -- Titus 1:1-3 (NKJV)
Before addressing this book directly, let me comment that it is primarily made up of three excerpts from Lee Strobel's longer book, The Case for Christ.
Many born-again Christians are reluctant to discuss their faith with skeptics, despite the Great Commission, and encouragement not to be ashamed of Jesus before men. This book will be a blessing for such uncomfortable believers.
Let me explain. If Jesus really died, was raised from the dead on the third day, met with hundreds of people for weeks thereafter, and was observed to ascend into heaven, that's pretty remarkable evidence for believing in Him as the Son of God, and the source of Salvation. This little book focuses in that area.
If you have met more than a few skeptics, they will almost always claim that the disciples stole His body or that no one ever saw Him alive again. This book contains much valuable information to the contrary.
Here are the key questions raised in the book and the authorities who addressed them:
1. "Was Jesus' death a sham and His resurrection a hoax?" (Dr. Alexander Metherell)
2. "Was Jesus' body really missing from His tomb?" (Dr. William Lane Craig)
3. "Was Jesus seen alive after His death on the cross?" (Dr. Gary Habermas)
If you really want to dig into any of these subjects, you'll probably find the information here to be too superficial to be totally satisfying. You can, however, use the footnotes to find meatier material, and I encourage you to do so.
As a believer, I found myself gaining lots more reasons to believe. What a blessing! Praise God!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2012
This was an interesting read. Lee was a journalist for the Chicago Tribune with journalism and law degrees. He was an atheist. His wife converted to Christianity ... and he decided to investigate Christianity in the same way that he would any other journalistic piece of work. He spoke to leading experts in various fields about crucifixion and resurrection. The purpose of the research was to debunk his wife's new belief system. The proof that he was presented with convinced him of the reality of Jesus and he became a Christian himself.
I am already a Christian myself so the book only verified some of the things that I already knew. I did like Lee Strobel's way of methodically looking at each aspect of the core basis of the Christian faith ... the book isn't fussy or bogged down in unnecessary long explanations. Instead the language is simple and to the point. He took his questions to the experts and let them explain their beliefs and evidence. The evidence, in my opinion, is irrefutable but as I have already stated, I am already a Christian.
A lot of the information presented in the book I already knew. However, some of the medical aspects were new to me and I found it interesting (if somewhat distressing in places). The medical side of the crucifixion was examined and discussed. A very detailed description of each stage of the process proves that it could not have been survived and the talk of Jesus actually swooning on the cross and being taken down (believed dead) is debunked. Valid points are made about society at that time, about women and class.
One point that I thought was well made was that of the Disciples after Jesus had left them. They spent the rest of their lives proclaiming that the man that they knew was the Son of God. Now, if Jesus had really been mortal and died on the cross, they would have known that they were wrong about Him. The normal response to this would have been for them to try to take up the threads of their previous lives and forget that they had ever met Him. Instead they allowed themselves to live the rest of their lives in poverty, being beaten and tortured in the name of Jesus. It would seem a high price to pay for a lie.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2011
A cut down version of "Who Moved The Stone" written in a very similar style, with modern analogies to aid understanding.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2005
The credibility of the death and resurection of JESUS CHRIST has never before been explained with such convincing evidences as done by Strobels findings. It is a book that should be read by all.
This book - a distillation from the author's longer The Case for Christ - looks at Jesus's execution, entombment and resurrection, assessing the evidence of modern medical science and the New Testament, combined with logic, reason and historical methodology. The evidence of the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, while contradictory in some respects, is near contemporary and provides more thorough evidence than exists for many other ancient historical events, the essential truth of which are undisputed. Whatever one's views on religion, it is clear that the apostles and many other contemporaries deeply involved in the events of the time sincerely believed that Jesus had died, that he had been resurrected, that they themselves had seen him resurrected, and were therefore prepared to devote their lives to establishing the Christian church. The author and his interviewees find this a convincing line of reasoning and, to be sure, there is much to be said for it, though they are sometimes selective in which sources they choose to emphasise in making a particular point. Ultimately, though, they concede that one faces a choice between accepting this powerful line of argument or accepting the sceptics' notion that it is a fantasy to believe that a man could really rise from the dead. Anyway, interesting food for thought.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
Lee Strobel comes at Christianity from a background of being a hard-headed journalist with a Chicago newspaper and being an atheist. His investigations of Christianity convinced him Christianity is true, and he gives us the benefit of that here.
on 22 March 2013
It is well worth having a few copies of this little book for friends who may have genuine questions about the validity of the claims of Christianity.
The contents of the book have been released before - they are a portion of the well known "Case for Christ" by the same author. However, due to this being a smaller publication (dealing particularly with the death and resurrection of Christ), I feel it is more accessible to those who may have only a passing interest.
Another bonus for me was that it clearly presented the Gospel and the responsibility of the individual to believe it without incorporating a 'sinners prayer'. Altogether a worthwhile addition to any evangelistic tool box!
on 18 August 2011
This is a great small book that shows the evidence to back up the Easter story. It's small enough and easy enough to read to give out to friends who would benefit from reading Strobel's work but that may be daunted by something bigger.
One thing to note. If you are buying this for personal use and have read "the case for Christ" then you will find a lot of what's in here is taken from that book
on 24 March 2013
I was recommended this book.
I have read others by this author & like his style.
I gave them to friends who also found the book easy to read, informative & well written.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2010
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). Jesus of Nazareth made a lifestyle out of equating himself with God. In fact, he made at least 213 separate claims to deity. But the ultimate and irrefutable proof of those claims is his resurrection from the dead. Lee Strobel clearly, concisely and forcefully sets out the compelling case for Easter in this excellent paperback. What sets the Christian faith apart from all other faith systems is that their leaders are all either dead or dying, while Jesus is eternally alive. Strobel makes a strong case that Jesus really did die, was actually dead for a couple of days, and then physically rose to be seen by many. One of the most helpful points made is that Paul's claim "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:20) was made around AD 51. That's about 24 years after the first Easter, there were over 500 witnesses and most of whom were "still living" (verse 6). I think if someone denied the 1986 Chernobyl explosion ever happened there'd be plenty of witnesses still alive in 2010 to silence them!
Yet for me it contains two minor anomalies. (1) The Bible attests that every human is made in God's image. It also claims we inherited mortality from Adam, making an exception for God-incarnate by claiming he had no cause of death in him. Strobel seems to contend that Jesus was brutally tortured until he suffered cardiac arrest and died. But Jesus' death was and remains the only voluntary death in history! The words "He gave up his spirit" (Matthew 27:50) translate literally "He sent his spirit away", suggesting a deliberate act of the will. Jesus himself claimed that "No-one takes my life from me but I lay it down of my own accord" (John 10:18). (2) Strobel accurately remarks that the Jews bribed the tomb guards to say they'd fallen asleep and Jesus disciples had stolen his body during the night. But he neglects to mention that if the guards were all asleep they couldn't possibly know who'd stolen the body.
Notwithstanding these two flaws in the secondary details, The Case for Easter is a MUST READ!