Mercy From The Mercy Seat

Why was it necessary for the ‘stone’ to be rolled away?

Jim Sheldon - The Positive Cowboy
Jim Sheldon – The Positive Cowboy

As we approach the Easter Season, I’m reminded of this question presented to me, many years ago. The person said no one had ever explained the reasoning. It started me thinking. I read & heard the account of that wonderful Easter morning many times. But I could not give a solid answer to his question.

I prayed and studied God’s Word seeking the answer. I remembered a pastor, where my wife and I were married, did a 6 month study on “The Wilderness Tabernacle”. He explained the meaning of every aspect of The Tabernacle. The most important thing was ‘The Mercy Seat’, which had 2 Cherubim/angels face to face. This is where the high priest at the appointed time would sprinkle the blood to atone for the sins of the people for a time.

Then I was reading in John chapter 20, after Peter and John had gone to tell the others Jesus had risen. In verses 11 & 12 it reads: “Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she stooped and looked in. She saw 2 white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of where the body of Jesus had been lying.”

It came to me. This was like the Mercy Seat in the Tabernacle. I realized, this woman would not have been allowed into even the women’s court of the Temple, at this time, she would be considered unclean. But here she was able to see and approach, freely, The Eternal Mercy Seat, Jesus Christ!!

So, The Answer to the question: “The Vail was torn, The Door was opened wide and The Stone was rolled away. The Path to The Mercy Seat/Jesus Christ was cleared that day!” Now Mary and every man, women and child go directly to Jesus, be covered by His Blood to wash away our sins and be Saved!

That was the birth of my song “Mercy From The Mercy Seat” on “Still Putting God First” CD!

The Positive Cowboy/Jim Sheldon

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jim spent almost 20 years working jobs that wouldn’t conflict with a singing schedule. during that time, jim honed his craft, spending six incredible summers studying at the charles novell school of music.

one such door was opened for jim when he was given the opportunity to sing with the keetons (founded by gold city tenor dan keeton).

after dan disbanded the keetons to take a position with gold city, jim decided that rather than sit at home and wait for another group to call, he would take a step of faith and establish a solo ministry. putting god first ministry was born at that time.

jim’s hard work paid off with the signing of a new recording contract with homeland inspiration group’s mont eagle records and first-ever charting single – “god is looking at my heart.” his debut album for mont eagle records, i belong to jesus, released in the fall of 2011.

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