“...as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15)
Our dear and greatly loved brother and pastor, Henry Mahan, physically saw the Lord Jesus Christ Friday morning for the first time. At 92 years of age; after 68 years in the ministry and service of the Lord Jesus Christ, he was awarded his goal and prize of being allowed to behold the absolute glory of God in the face of his beautiful Redeemer. He now knows what our Lord’s facial features look like. He knows what color His eyes are; and what color His hair is. He has now heard the tone of His voice, felt the touch of His embrace, and smelled the sweet smelling savour of His purity.
After more than 60 years of physically preaching the gospel of Christ, he is right now listening to the gospel being preached BY Christ! Everything that he saw dimly before, he now sees in radiant Light! Everything that he scratched the surface on before, is now being declared to him in the breadth, length, depth and height of its absolute entirety! What he could not utter with a man’s mouth before, he now hears with the tongues of angels!
We do not lift up men, but we do acknowledge our true thanks to God for the men that spent their lives lifting up The Man, Christ Jesus the Lord of glory! And oh how we acknowledge our thanks to God for raising up His servant, and our dear brother, Henry Mahan. Even though he pastored many directly, he has been a pastor to all of us indirectly. And even though our loss of him brings sorrow to us, it also brings great joy knowing the glory of what he is experiencing right now at the feet of our Savior. Till we meet again, we will miss him, we will love him, and we will thank him... All because of the message he preached! All because of the Savior he honored! ALL for Christ’s sake! To HIM be glory both now and forever. Amen!