The Son of God, as Revealed by John - Robert E. Surgenor
Paperback, 240 pp.
Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, ON. L3K 6A6, Canada.
Given all the books which have been written about the Gospel of John, is there room for yet another? Robert Surgenor’s publisher thinks there is, and tells the reader that this work ‘presents things that have never been considered by many. It is thought-provoking, stimulating, Christ-honouring, and presents a fresh view of the book of John’. The author tells us that, although he had read this Gospel many times before, yet in reading prayerfully and more carefully for this publication, things never seen before surfaced before him. His task therefore has been to convey to his readers these new insights.
The author begins by setting down twenty-two questions which, in effect, act as signposts to what is to follow. Although the book moves steadily through this Gospel, the seventeen chapters which form the main part of this work are not tied to the Gospel’s chapter divisions, but address themes – for example, ‘The Deity of Christ’; ‘Christ’s Movements and Miracles’; ‘Christ’s Power over Death’. Exposition there undoubtedly is, but the strength of this work lies in the author’s readiness to explore the spiritual significance of a verse, a word, or an action, moving the reader on from understanding to devotion. Typical of this is a comment on the anointing of Jesus’ feet by Mary, ‘Furthermore, I have been informed that, when a person’s body is anointed with spikenard, the fragrance of that precious ointment lingers on the skin for ten days. It was less than ten days before Jesus was crucified’. The implication is clear; the soldiers who crucified the Lord would smell the odour of the spikenard.
Those who are acquainted with Surgenor’s other writings will know that he is decided in his views, and forthright in expressing them. And so it is here. Written with clarity, this book will stimulate the reader to further study, and will fulfil the author’s stated aim, which is to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.
[Our thanks to Ed Hotchin, Hucknall, England, for this review]