Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 18, 2003
The Gospel: John 14:15-21
Children's Sermon: "Guess How Much I Love You"

The Rev. William D. Oldland

The Gospel:

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.   And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.  I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.   They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them."

John 14:15-21

Guess How Much I Love You

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 18, 2003

[Text of "Guess How Much I Love You"]

Little Nutbrown Hare was trying to say he loved Big Nutbrown Hare more than Big Nutbrown Hare loved him. He tried all kinds of ways to show how much he loved Big Nutbrown Hare. He reached out as wide as he could reach. He reached up as high as he could. He turned himself upside down and stretched out his feet. He even tried jumping in the air as high as he could jump. No matter what he did to show how much he loved Big Nutbrown Hare, guess what? Big Nutbrown hare loved him that much more. 

Finally, Little Nutbrown hare says he loves Big Nutbrown Hare all the way to the moon. That's a real long way. That's 384,400 km. Do you know how far that is? Big Nutbrown Hare even admits that's a whole lot of love. But Big Nutbrown hare loves even more. He loves all the way to the moon and back. 

We love God and God loves us. We are like Little Nutbrown hare. Sometimes we think that we can tell God we love God more than God loves us. But you know, God's love is like the love of Big Nutbrown hare. No matter how much we love God, God will always love us more. God loves us so much that Jesus was sent to us. Jesus came to show us what love was really like. Loving like Jesus means we love with everything we have. We love with our heart, our minds, our spirits, and our bodies. Jesus loves us so much that Jesus was willing to die for us on the cross. God's love is even deeper. God raises Jesus from the dead and Jesus goes to heaven to be with God. We might think that God's love is now gone from us. If Jesus is in heaven then what happens to God's love for us. Is it in heaven with Jesus? No!! Jesus told his friends that even though he was going away the love would still be there. The love would be there in the presences of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit would be with us not just one day or two days, but forever. So the love of God is always present with us. God's love is wider, deeper and farther than we can imagine. There is no end to God's love for us. God loves us forever and that is a very long, long way. Amen. 

Text for Guess How Much I Love You: 
McBratney, Sam, Guess How Much I Love You, Candlewick Press, Cambridge Massachusetts. 1994.

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