See the apostle John, attentive and confused, leaning into Jesus as they share a final meal. Watch him, overcome and apprehensive, eavesdropping on Jesus’ final claim, ‘I am a king—born to give testimony to Truth.’ Inspired to serve this King and spread the Truth, he pens his account of Good News, ‘… [so] that you may believe.’ …but he ‘tells it slant’:
Truth be not linear. Systems be disturbed. Word be becoming; But ‘becoming’ be not the Word.
Infinite be finite. Father equal son. Follower be founder. The found be lost in one.
Voice bear witness. Blatant draw a blank. Darkness masquerade as light. Truth-professed breed hate.
Pious be repugnant. Prince become waif. Healthy be the needy. Needy be the safe.
Signage be bewildering. Faith be bestowed. ‘They willed…but they couldn’t.’ Light be blinding and behold.
Sustenance be not food; Obedience be soul. Thirsty spill water. Outcasts be in the fold.
Fringe be en-framed; Fragile become famed. Down-sized be up-turned. Long-expected be strange.
Magnetic be repellent. Clairvoyant be misconstrued. Monarch straddle meekness. Mastery be servitude.
Minus one equal infinity. Father surrender son. Beloved be abandoned. Abandoned be three-in-one.
Masonry be blood and bone. Lamb be deity. Honour be other-worldly. Faith be surety.
Believing become seeing. Inanimate re-generate. Death be lithe and life. Oblique be testament.
*Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind —Emily Dickenson
‘I am a king—born to give testimony to Truth.’ John 18:37 ‘This is written that you may believe…’ John 20:31