What Was the News?
Notice, briefly, first, what that astonishing NEWS message was! The preannouncement, in Malachi’s prophecy, says: “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek [the Messiah], shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant . . .” (Mal. 3:1).
Now notice the beginning of the MESSENGER’S proclamation of the MESSAGE. It is recorded in Mark’s gospel, chapter 1: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; as it is written in the prophets. . . .” Then follows the citation from Malachi, written above. That is followed by the account of John the Baptist, preparing the way before the messenger. Then, verses 14-15: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel”that is, BELIEVE the good news!