Christianity certainly has a rich back story found in the Hebrew scriptures. But today I’m more interested in the “after story,” what happens when the final scene has ended. The gospel of John tells the story of Jesus but is written long after Jesus died; long after the resurrection encounters. Yet, despite John being the latest gospel written, it, alone, is filled with Jesus’ speeches, Jesus’ words. And, it is the only gospel that we hear Jesus pray for us (John 17). Here scripture points to a principle of faith. Only after the church has been around awhile, only when they have dwelled within Christ for some time, can they give Jesus a clear voice. Only when we have dwelled with Christ for some time can we give Jesus a clear voice. I suspect this is why the epistle, 1 John, talks so much about abiding, dwelling in Christ. What I understand from this scripture is that there are times when it is best not to act but simply to abide that we might give Jesus his truest voice.