“The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15￼)
Most scholars point to Mark as the earliest written account of the life of Jesus. In this first chapter of this oldest narrative of Jesus, what is the first thing He says?￼￼
Good news – God has triumphed at last.
Our word “gospel” (from the Greek “euangelion”) is often translated as good news because it is. Yet, it is not just any general happy announcement, but a very specific kind.
This good news is an announcement of victory that proclaims freedom for those to whom it is declared. It comes from Greek and Roman history and culture, in which a herald would return from a great battle to declare that their side –our side– had won. The coming of a gospel was good news indeed, and was met with rejoicing.￼
And Jesus’ Gospel is the same.￼
When people fully grasp the gravity of their enslavement to sin and their guilt in the eyes of a holy God, and when they truly understand the amazing news that Jesus has provided a way out of bondage and into life, rejoicing flows naturally.
When we lose our sense of joy, perhaps it’s because we’ve lost sight of the good news that Jesus has already won the victory, that His eternal kingdom lives in us right now, and that nothing, nothing can ever take away God’s love for us.￼￼￼
Good news indeed.￼