The word Gospel simply means "Good News". And he (Jesus) said unto them," Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature". (Mark 16:15)
And to whom is it good news? Anyone who has an ear to hear let him hear! Matthew 11:15 Father spoke from heaven: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, Hear Him!" (Matthew 17:5). So the" good news" comes from God and through His son Jesus Christ. Jesus said" My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27); "Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice" (John 18:37). The bible tells us that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures", that "he was buried and that he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:3,4).
Why do I need to be saved?
In our natural state, the bible tells us in John 3:18, that every one of us is "condemned already" because of our sinful nature. As we charge through life without God, we try to be the masters of our own universe, making our own plans and living our lives by our own standards of right and wrong - this strategy fails us, as we continually find ourselves at odds with God, unable to attain any lasting peace or satisfaction of ourselves.
Since we are so hopelessly sinful and lost, and because God is perfect and holy, there is a need for us to be reconciled with God before we can ever experience true peace and satisfaction. Thankfully, in his incredible mercy and grace, God has provided a way for us to be brought back to him - he has provided a way for our sin to be forgiven, and for us to be justified, or made right, so we can experience "peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ". (Romans 5:1)
How can I be made right with God?
God's plan to make sinners right
with him can be summarized by one single verse of scripture! John 3:16 (ESV)
says "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Isn't that
special? That tells me that God loved me so much, that he was willing to punish his only Son, who was totally sinless, for all of my awful sins! Accepting that wonderful fact is all that we need to do to be saved for all of eternity!
After you recognise your own
personal sin and your own need for salvation then God provides with an
instant remedy in Romans 10:9, that "if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved."
The bible tells us in 1 John 5:12-13 that "He that has the Son, has life; but he that has not the Son of God, has not life. These things have I written...that ye might know that you have eternal life!"