Here’s the lead in to an article I wrote for the publication of the National Association of Evangelicals on the “Theology behind Euangelion.”
Jesus’ first words in Mark’s Gospel announce the impending arrival of God’s reign. “‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:15). Although it is easy to think Jesus was the first to speak about the good news (euangelion in Greek), the origins of the “gospel” go further back. If we look for antecedents of announcements about “good news” tied to the reign of a king, we find two paths that prefigure Jesus’ proclamation.