Key Questions and Christian Views about Jesus' Resurrection,
This review is from: The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection (Mass Market Paperback)"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!
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