Simply put, it is good news! It’s the good news of God’s saving mercy towards guilty, rebellious mankind through His Son Jesus Christ. The words of Jesus recorded in John 3:16 read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” That sentence is as concise a summary of the gospel as any. It tells us that God’s love for a broken, sinful world moved Him to give His one and only Son in order to rescue mankind from the penalty, power, and (eventually) the presence of sin. God’s love was costly to Him, but He freely gave His righteous and faithful Son in order to provide the way of salvation and bring us into fellowship with Him.