“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14); “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15); “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47);
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” is as simple and accurate a name for a paraphrase of the Bible, as possible. The only exception is…it is missing a word, and that word is “good!” That is what the original word for Gospel meant…“good tidings, glad tidings, good news, or good message.” Mark opens his “good message” with these words: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). And since this is a good message about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, this message then becomes “The Good News, Message of Jesus Christ.”
Earthlings have not and never will, hear an announcement of more universally impacting good news than this: “Jesus Christ has come!” That is precisely what the “Angel of the Lord” said to those shepherds on the night of our dear Savior’s birth: “…I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
So the angel adds one more additional piece to the already best news ever heard of earth…it is the “good news of great joy” about Jesus Christ, the Son of God! And not that we haven’t seen this enough in all the verses above…it is “to all people.”
This is news too good…to not be shared!