There is something about receiving good news that not only makes you want to jump for joy but to also do something to show your appreciation for the person who brought you the good news!
It was the same among the ancient Greeks – good news was celebrated.
The Greek word for good news was “euangelion” and it was usually associated with the messenger who brought the report of the latest victory by the Greek armies in battle. A crown would be placed upon the messenger’s head, his spear would be decorated with laurels and the whole community would celebrate.
In today’s reading, Paul wants his readers to understand that the primary thing he wanted to get across to them was the gospel. “Gospel” comes from two old English words, “god” and “spel”, which meant “good news or story”, a great translation of euangelion.
When Paul used this word however, the emphasis was not on the celebration, but the content of the good news, which he goes on to explain in detail in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
Like all good news, its message (or content) breeds infectious hope.
Throughout 1 Corinthians 15, Paul emphasizes the tremendous hope that has been given to the world, hope that is grounded in the good news of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
Tim LaHaye described the gospel as “a new way of life… a new way of peace that carried good news to all people…”
It inspires hope.
Hope that transforms our experience of life, producing peace of heart and mind and given freely to anyone trusting in the central figure of its message – Jesus.
This is a message – good news – that can rightly be celebrated!
For further reflection: Isaiah 52:7-10.