The Lord Jesus Christ IS the gospel. The gospel is more than some thing, it is some One. Surrounded by a multitude of people who were buckling under the bondage of legalism and man-made rules and rituals in order to get right with God, Jesus proclaimed the gospel: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Like a refreshing breeze of cool air after a hot day, these words of Jesus gave a message of hope and life. Though the proclamation was given to all, the only ones who would have responded were those who were burdened and heavy laden with the guilt and condemnation of their sin.