A small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness to the stand in a trial, a grandmotherly, elderly woman. He approached her and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?”
She responded, “Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy. And frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie; you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you are a rising big shot when you have not the brains to realize you will never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.”
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Williams, do you know the defense attorney?”
She replied, “Why, yes I do. I have known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. I used to baby-sit him for his parents. And he, too, has been a real disappointment to me. He is lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. The man cannot build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the shoddiest in the entire state. Yes, I know him.”
There was a murmur, humorous murmur throughout the courtroom… At this point, the judge rapped the courtroom to silence and called both counselors to approach the bench. In a very quiet but terse voice, he said with menace to both attorneys, “If either of you asks her if she knows me, you’ll be jailed for contempt!”
Jesus said to the church in Laodicea, “I know thy works…” He knows everything about us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our church and our attitude toward Him and the gospel message. Ouch!