Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 NKJV
The Gospel means good news or good message. It is a “good news” account—not just of history but His story. The Gospel is a proclamation of the truth that paints, proves, and persuade a truth in the hearts of mankind that “nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by —which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The Gospel has three elements: Christ’s death, His burial, and resurrection.
Romans 4:25 says that, “[Christ] was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” Jesus died on the cross, for all people, to satisfy the righteous demands of a Holy God. Now, because of the resurrection, guilty sinners may now receive salvation which Christ purchased in His death on Calvary’s Cross. He paid and satisfied a debt of sin He did not owe. That’s the good news!
The gospel is first mentioned in the New Testament in Matthew 4:23 as the “gospel of the kingdom” and last mentioned in Revelation 14:6 as the “everlasting gospel.” But the first to preach the gospel, other than Jesus Himself, was Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11)—not Simeon who blessed and praised the Babe in the Temple, and Anna the prophetess, prophesied that the baby Jesus was One that all would look to for redemption Luke 2:25-38). Mary Magdalene—a woman and devoted disciple—notwithstanding her dark and storied past, she was the very first to announce to others that Jesus, who was dead and buried, had arisen (Mark 16:10-11). That was good news; that was preaching the gospel.
Thank God for women like Mary Magdalene who preach the gospel even to this day (see Psalm 68:11 “women” is the word translated as “company” in numerous translations of the Bible, e.g., NASB, NASU, ASV, MOFF, TLB, etc. Who ever said that women can’t preach? Mary Magdalene preached the gospel!