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Brother John

It’s only a humorous story, yet it makes a serious point. Brother John was a timid man who dreaded speaking in public. So he was terrified on the day it was his turn to give a devotional message. With his knees trembling, he faced his listeners and said, “Do you know what I’m going to say this morning?” “No,” answered the audience. He then said, “Neither do I,” and he ran from the room.

The next day he was told to try again. He said, “Do you know what I’m going to say?” This time they replied, “Yes.” So he said, “Then you don’t need me to tell you.” Again he fled.

He tried a third morning, saying, “Do you know what I’m going to say?” Half his hearers shouted, “Yes!” and half shouted, “No!” “Ah,” said Brother John, “then let those who know tell those who don’t know,” and again he fled.

At first, his hearers sat in silence. Then the words hit home: “Let those who know tell those who don’t know.”

For 3 years, Jesus’ disciples absorbed His teaching and observed His mighty works. They had come to know Him as the way, the truth, and the life. He was God in the flesh, the One who is “eternal life” (1 John 1:2). In the years to come, they devoted their lives to telling others about Christ.

Today, let those who know tell those who don’t.  

The best news in the world is the good news of Christ.