The Core Truth:
The Bible is chiefly a story of redemption. As fallen children of Adam, we’ve all failed to live up to God’s righteous requirements. But God interrupted the story and didn’t let us have the last word. He sent his son to fulfill the law for us, perfectly loving the Father and his neighbors in our place. He bore the curse of our sins on the cross and rose again so that we could be justified, or declared righteous, through faith in him. So now we’re adopted sons and daughters, co-heirs with Christ of all the heavenly estate. As the angel announced at Christ’s birth, this is indeed good news of great joy for all people.