Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9
Orchidaceous! I can think of no better opportunity to call forth one of my favorite words than today, Easter Sunday. Even when you are hearing it for the first time, it’s a word that immediately evokes an image of awesome beauty. When no other word will do, it is an expression of something extravagantly wonderful. And just like it sounds, the word harkens the imagery of an orchid flower in full bloom. Let’s all picture that image for a moment on this most orchidaceous of all mornings!
At the dawn of the world, there was a time when the Lord God walked among the garden blooms in the cool of the day. But Adam, the man in the story, hid among the trees. “Where are you?” The Lord called to him, and Adam answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked (Adam refers here to his loss of holiness), and I hid” (Gen.3:10).
Ages later, there was…