As with all statements of the absolute, I suspect this one is at least incomplete and possibly dead wrong.
The way I read the story, Jesus-if he ever existed-didn’t want his followers to cling to him as a person or to his words as he knew he wouldn’t live forever and he didn’t write any of it down, knowing that the message would necessarily be lost in the translation.
But Jesus also knew that his “self”, his father’s self, was ever present and could no more leave the planet than it is possible to have thunder without lightning.
So the essence of his good news is just as likely to be that his absence, no matter how long it lasts, doesn’t matter at all because even if he never returns in bodily form, Jesus was just like us in that we are also children of god and our most essential nature is of divine origins.
But the best news of all might be his insinuation that our creator does not despise us, nor has our maker-Jesus’ dad-ever abandoned us due to our supposedly sinful nature. Instead, those were only ever myths, horror stories told to scare people into compliance with the whims of con artists, and the reality is that we can be rescued from the condemnation of those tall tales simply by seeing them for what they are and denying their absolutist claims.
Or maybe not.
But I know which news I’d prefer to hear.