The “good news” (gospel) is the fulfillment of the promise of Yahweh (God) to mankind that there would be a kinsman redeemer Yeshua (Jesus); and that this Savior would redeem us from sin, so that we could be with Yahweh (God) forever.
Scriptural Proof Point References
At the earthly birth of Yeshua (Jesus), the shepherds in the field were given a literal definition of the “good news” by angels announcing that the Savior of the world had been born.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.”
(Luke 2:10-11) [ESV]
John the Baptist declared that he was not the Christ (Messiah), but proclaimed (the good news) that the real Christ (Messiah) would be identifiable by baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.
15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in
their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John
answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is
mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy
to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His
winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to
gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with
unquenchable fire. 18 So with many other exhortations he preached good
news to the people.
(Luke 3:15-18) [ESV]
John the Baptist then bore witness of the “good news” of the Christ (Messiah) being anointed with the Holy Spirit. John additionally bore witness that the Christ (Messiah) would be the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of
whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was
before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came
baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And
John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove,
and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent
me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit
descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of
John 1:29-34 [ESV]
Yeshua (Jesus) Himself announced (the good news) and declared that the Spirit of the Lord had anointed him to “proclaim liberty to captives” which was a direct reference to himself being the “kinsman redeemer” promised by Yahweh(God), fulfilling it the day he read it aloud in his home town synagogue of Nazareth:
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was
his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood
up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.
He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to
proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to
the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and
sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been
fulfilled in your hearing.”
(Luke 4:16-21) [ESV]
Phillip explained the good news to the Ethiopian Eunuch with the passage from Isaiah the prophet about the sacrifice that Yeshua (Jesus) made on behalf of mankind in order to redeem mankind from sin and death so that the Christ (Messiah) would be able to offer eternal life.
29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and
asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How
can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and
sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34 And the eunuch said
to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about
himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and
beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about
(Acts 8:29-35) [ESV]
According to Yeshua (Jesus) himself, the good news was proclaimed by John the Baptist and continued on into the future:
16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news
of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into
it.[fn] 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for
one dot of the Law to become void
(Luke 16:16-17) [ESV]
fn[ Or ... everyone is forcefully urged into it.]
Peter wrote about the good news being the word of the Lord as he paraphrased from Isaiah 40:6-8
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a
sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of
imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
(1 Peter 1:22-25) [ESV]
Deeper Biblical Meanings
According to King Solomon, who was the wisest man to ever live: (1 Kings 3:12)
After everything has been heard, this is the conclusion of the matter.
Fear Yahweh, and keep His Commandments;
for this is the whole duty of man.
Yahweh will bring every work into judgment,
with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.
The WORD of Yahweh is the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 4:13)
The Covenant of Yahweh is the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 4:13)
The WORD of Yahweh is the Covenant. (Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 4:13)
The WORD of Yahweh gives LIFE. (Psalm 119:107)
Yeshua is the WORD which has existed from the beginning. (John 1:1-2)
Yeshua gives LIFE to the world. (John 6:33, John 10:10)
Yeshua is the WORD which gives LIFE. (John 1:1-2, John 6:33, John 10:10)
Yeshua is the STONE which the builders rejected.
(Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42, Acts 4:11, 1 Peter 2:7)
Yeshua is the LIVING STONE. (1 Peter 2:4)
The WORD of Yahweh is LIVING and active. (Hebrews 4:12)
Yeshua (the WORD of Yahweh) is LIVING and active.
(Acts 1:3, Acts 14:15, Romans 14:9, Hebrews 10:31, 1 Peter 3:18, Revelation 1:18)
The WORD of Yahweh is the SWORD of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17)
The SWORD proceeds out of the mouth of Yeshua. (Revelation 19:15)
The WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh is the Ten Commandments. (Deuteronomy 4:12-13)
The WORD that was from the beginning is the Ten Commandments. (1 John 2:3-7)
The WORD that was from the beginning is Yeshua! (John 1:1-2)
Manna tasted like honey. (Exodus:16:31)
Manna was the bread out of heaven. (John 6:32)
Yeshua is the TRUE BREAD out of heaven. (John 6:32)
Yeshua is the BREAD of LIFE. (John 6:48)
Yeshua is the LIVING BREAD. (John 6:51)
Yeshua (the LIVING BREAD) is the sweeter than honey WORD of Yahweh. (John 1:1-2)
Anyone who eats of the WORD, the LIVING BREAD, will LIVE FOREVER. (John 6:51)
Yeshua is the WORD of Yahweh. (John 1:1-2)
The WORD of Yahweh is the Ten Commandments (the Ten WORDS). (Exodus 34:28)
Yeshua is the WORD of Yahweh, the Ten Commandments, the Law of Yahweh.
Yeshua is the WORD that became FLESH and LIVED among us. (John 1:14)
The WORD, the Ten Commandments, the LAW, became FLESH and LIVED among us.
Yeshua did not come to abolish the Law. (Matthew 5:17)
Yeshua is the fulfillment of the Law. (Matthew 5:17)
Yeshua is the embodiment of the Law.
Yeshua is the Law in the flesh!
The simple message being preached to the poor of Matthew 11:5 is simply this:
Anyone Who Partakes Of …YESHUA (Jesus)
- the TRUE BREAD
- the LIVING BREAD
- the BREAD OF LIFE
- the WORD
- the COVENANT
- the TEN COMMANDMENTS
WILL LIVE FOREVER!
This is the bread which came down from heaven; not as your fathers ate
the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread WILL LIVE FOREVER.
Paul delivers a mini-sermon of the essential gospel to the Corinthians in chapter 15, recounting and reminding them of the basic elements of the core message. It is a message of hope in a redeemer; and hope for an eternal life that will come, even though we may not fully comprehend what it will be like. Paul assures the Corinthians with his summation that it will be good and that it will be worth it. (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall
all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body
must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on
immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the
mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.