In Jesus’ public ministry, He came to people filled with misery and all too aware of bad news and preached good news to them (Matt. 11:5). As His hope-filled message must have seemed improbable to them, He was compelled to exhort, “repent and believe the gospel” (Mk. 1:15). The Lord never intended that His good news should be a secret (cf. Mk. 16:15). Everyone deserves to hear the good news!
The ancient disciples took Jesus’ command to make disciples by spreading the good news quite seriously. Philip and many other saints took this exciting message throughout the Samaritan community (Acts 8:25). Nearly 500 miles from there, it was told by Paul and Barnabas in Derbe and Lystra (Acts 14:6-7). It would be told across two bodies of water and over 1000 miles from that region of Lycaonia in Rome (Rom. 1:16). It is little wonder that Paul would soon exclaim, “…be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven…” (Col. 1:23). The good news was too valuable and wonderful to tuck away and review only in the worship assemblies.
Why is the good news of the gospel so important? It centers upon the grace of God (Acts 20:24). This means that God did something for man that man needed and cannot provide for himself. The good news is that God made Christ, who did no sin (cf. Heb. 4:15), to be sin for every person in this world so that any individual who goes where that grace can be found can be made right with God.
While sin is a weight (Heb. 12:1), the news lightens the burden (Matt. 11:28-30). While sin causes heartache and grief (Psa. 31:10), the news brings joy (Rom. 5:11). While sin destroys and separates (Isa. 55:8-9), the good news offers new life (Rom. 6:4).
Many people in desperate need of good news are out there anxiously waiting to learn that there is reason and purpose for their lives. Aimless and hopeless, they need the gospel. Christians have possession of that blessing, but the same gospel will bless the glad receivers who have the chance to hear it (Acts 2:41).
Bad news seems to be snowballing into an ever-threatening avalanche of terror and unrest. Yet, much more powerful in this life and the one to come is the powerful good news of Jesus and His love! When more and more people hear the good news of the gospel, less and less bad news will pervade. Truly, the gospel brings lasting hope. Many will reject it, but let us renew our aim of getting out the good news! How many will find eternal joy because we did?