I often meet with a group of clergy friends at a local coffeehouse on Wednesday mornings.
Ostensibly, we're there to review the Scripture lessons for the upcoming Sunday and talk about what we hear God the Holy Spirit calling us to preach in a few days.
We spend an hour or so together, talking about books, politics, our lives and ministries and sometimes, our sermons.
Today, one of my friends told of teaching an adult class at his church. The question for discussion was: Who first told you about Jesus?
Most of the class members, he said, were reluctant to speak up. At first, he thought they'd never considered the question, or couldn't remember.
But then after class, many of the class members spoke to him privately, telling him about that person who'd first told them about Jesus--a parent, grandparent, Sunday School teacher.
Perhaps for the first time in 60, 70 or 80 years, these class members were remembering that person and the life-giving difference he or she had made by sharing with them the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ.
In that moment, Jesus Christ became real and over time, many decades, the reality of God's love for them in Jesus has grown, greatly aided by their membership in their church and in that class.
Who first told you about Jesus?
Whom have you told about God's love in Jesus?