The Gospel is Jesus
The religious leaders of the time had established a form of religion primarily based on performance. Religion was about doing, and the religious leaders of the day saw themselves as examples to follow. Jesus spoke about who we are. The Good News of the Gospel is about changing the hearts of people; it is about 'being' and not about 'doing'. What we do should simply be an expression of our hearts towards a God who loves us. The Good News is about grace, mercy and forgiveness; The Good News is Christ alone and that message is meant to be life giving and freeing.