Advent – He is in the elsewhere!
Acts 13:35: “So it is stated elsewhere:” ‘You will not let your Holy One see decay.”
Paul is able to support all that he is saying through the use of the Old Testament scriptures.
He is using Psalm 16:10 here in this verse. They knew the sentence, he didn’t need to quote the Psalm and verse. He could say it is stated elsewhere. They knew.
What we need to remind ourselves this Advent is that Jesus is stated elsewhere not just in the nativity passages.
Genesis: Jesus who will bless the nations.
Exodus: Jesus the ‘I AM’ (bread, light, gate, good shepherd, resurrection and the life, way and the truth and the life, true vine).
Leviticus: Jesus is the Atonement
Numbers: Jesus is the High Priest.
Deuteronomy: Jesus the curse for the world
Joshua: Jesus the Captain of the army of the Lord
Judges: Jesus the just One
Ruth: Jesus our Kinsman-Redeemer
1 Samuel: Jesus the Prophet/Priest/King
2 Samuel: Jesus full of grace
1 Kings: Jesus the ruler
2 Kings: Jesus the Prophet
1 Chronicles: Jesus the Son of David
2 Chronicles: Jesus the Eternal King
Ezra: Jesus the Priest
Nehemiah: Jesus the repairer of the broken.
Esther: Jesus the Protector.
Job: Jesus the Mediator.
Psalms: Jesus the focus of praise and worship
Proverbs: Jesus is wisdom
Ecclesiastes: Jesus is the reason for life.
Song of Solomon: Jesus is love
Isaiah: Jesus the servant
Jeremiah: Jesus moved to tears
Lamentations: Jesus carrying the anger of God
Ezekiel: Jesus the Son of Man
Daniel: Jesus the 4th man in the fire.
Hosea: Jesus the faithful
Joel: Jesus the sender of the Spirit
Amos: Jesus the defender of the oppressed.
Obadiah: Jesus the Judge
Jonah: Jesus loves the lost
Micah: Jesus who forgets sin.
Nahum: Jesus our future peace
Habakkuk: Jesus who holds on to us.
Zephaniah: Jesus our sacrifice
Haggai: Jesus the desire of all nations
Zechariah: Jesus in the middle of His people
Malachi: Jesus the sun of righteousness.
Jesus is all over the Bible. He is the Word in the Word. He is elsewhere and everywhere. Paul could have spent the whole day quoting every book showing how the Messiah was portrayed and how that Messiah is Jesus.
Jesus is not restricted to a manger nor to the prophecies of Isaiah or Micah that are read at the usual Christmas services. He is elsewhere and everywhere.
Friends, we have a big Jesus!
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And gives to nations proof
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love;
And wonders of His love;
And wonders, wonders of His love.