I’ve never actually read anything by Lee Strobel, although I’m familiar with his work, so I picked up a Kindle copy of The Case for Christmas for a short exposure to his writing. As expected, he is very scientific in his approach to “proving” the true identity of the baby in the manger. He interviewed some scholars in his quest for answers and this book provides a summary of the relevant findings through the interviews.
The style was readable and not too technical. He asked difficult, penetrating questions and the scholars gave honest, non-evasive answers. (Sometimes the best answer is “I don’t know” or “No one knows for sure.”) Still, Strobel highlights the various “ah-ha” moments he experienced as he gained new insights and perspective about Christ.
The findings in The Case for Christmas demonstrate how our faith isn’t just an emotional or intuitive belief, but it is founded on true events, verifiable facts, and can hold up to critical analysis. This would be a suitable gift for a not-yet Christian or for the analytical Christian who likes to have definite reasons and answers for what they believe. I enjoyed reading it and I look forward to exploring other books by Lee Strobel.
The following excerpt is a brief section I found . . . amazing.
Attributes of God Affirmed in Christ
Every attribute of God, says the New Testament, is ultimately found in the Christmas child who grew up to live a life unlike any other:
- Omnicience? In John 16:30 the apostle John affirms of Jesus, “Now we can see that you know all things.”
- Omnipresence? Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” and in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
- Omnipotence? “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” Jesus said in Matthew 28:18.
- Eternality? John 1:1 declares of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
- Immutability? Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
–Lee Strobel, The Case for Christmas
A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger