The term gospel is found ninety-nine times in the NASB Bible. Many other translation use ‘Good news’ and that is because the gospel doesn’t only mean good news, it is good news.
The Gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that we face: God is holy and He is just, and we are not. Each of us will stand before a just and holy God, and be judged. We’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness – or lack of it – or the righteousness of another. The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own
At that is the good news! The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well-being but for His people. He has done for us what we couldn’t possibly do for ourselves. Not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
In a day of depressing headlines and uncertainty all around us, good news is very welcome. What better news could there be than as the old hymn says: “The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives?”