Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential and recognizable figure in history. That familiarity has brought with it many attempts to mold Jesus to fit personal contexts and agendas. It's crucial that we know who Jesus truly was as a historical figure and what he believed his mission (and the mission of his followers) was.
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The good news of Jesus is just that: news. It's news to be shared and enjoyed. Oftentimes, we confuse the news of the Gospel with advice, cloaking dos and don'ts with the claim that they are the message of Christianity. But we know the how the beauty of the Gospel is not advice, it's the news that Jesus defeated sin and death on the Cross, which produces a joyful commitment to Him, not begrudging submission to a list of rules.