“But the angel said to them. Do not be afraid: for behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which will come to all the people.” Luke 2 v 10
“Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased (men of goodwill, of His favour).” Luke 2 v 13 – 14.
The Gospel is EXTREME GOOD NEWS. When Christ entered the world the proclamation was, “I bring to you good news of great joy.” After Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, just before He was taken up into heaven He said in the book of Mark: “Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the Good News (The Gospel) to every creature.” Mark 16 v 15.
We can see in the scriptures that the angel proclaimed Good News to those shepherds AND now we have the instruction from Christ to GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PROCLAIM GOOD NEWS. Just think how wonderful the message must have been to those shepherds.
Is the message that you hear in your church or through your preacher GOOD NEWS? Because if it is not GOOD NEWS, it is NOT THE GOSPEL. When you heard it, did it make you want to jump out of your seat for joy..? If not, my friend you have not heard the Gospel. Preacher the message you preach to people is it as good to them as the message that was given to the Shepherds by the Angel…? Let us all answer these questions for ourselves.
Rom 10 v 15: “…How beautiful are the feet of those who bring GLAD TIDINGS! (How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things)”