When Jesus came and brought the gospel of Christianity it was welcomed by the masses as exceptionally good news. Thousands followed him to hear the words of life that he spoke. After he was crucified, his disciples continued preaching and teaching his ways and they were likewise welcomed as the bringers of good news.
Of course not everyone was thrilled at this new teaching. The established religion of the day opposed it violently, even putting many to death for preaching the words of God. They whipped, beat, imprisoned and crucified many who chose to follow or teach the new gospel. And yet despite the suffering inflicted, they could not destroy this teaching or halt the spread of this good news.
One of the charges laid against the early teachers of this gospel was that they had, “Turned the world upside down” with this teaching (Acts 17:6). Truly, the new teachings of the gospel of Christ were good news and tremendously powerful.
Many people will accept many things, but not many would choose to suffer abuse, torture, ridicule or even die rather than renounce their beliefs. But such was the enormity and power of this good news.
Consider also the state of the apostles shortly after Jesus had been put to death. They were subdued and meeting in Jerusalem, wondering what to do next after their Lord and teacher had been taken from them. But then as they were gathered together on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit with the power of God came upon them, transforming them into powerful and charismatic preachers of the good news. Peter stood up amongst the people and at his preaching on that day, three thousand people turned to the Lord upon hearing the good news of the gospel (Acts 2:14-42).
Such is the power of the preaching of Christ that it cannot be merely called good news but it is “Great News”. Never before or since has there been such a message as powerful as the gospel and truth of Christianity.