“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.” (I Corinthians 2:1) The important thing to the one who bore this testimony was not how well he spoke or how wise he was, but the focus of his testimony. In the next verse he tells us what the testimony is: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
The heart and soul of this testimony was Jesus’ crucifixion. Sometimes it seems morbid to concentrate on a person’s death – especially one that involved so much pain and suffering. But the one who bore this testimony did that because Jesus’ death was the greatest act of love this world has ever seen. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Christ died for us. And because he died for us we can live eternally with Heavenly Father. His death served as the payment for all our sins. It completely satisfied God’s anger with us.
God was indeed angry with us. He doesn’t take lightly our failures to meet His standards. Rather he has declared that any and all failure merits our being cast into outer darkness!
That’s why the cross of Christ is not a morbid sight, but a wonderful one. There Jesus rescued us from this horrible fate by suffering in our place. And He is the only one who has done that. We can’t make ourselves worthy of God’s favor. Neither can anybody else appease God’s wrath for us. Only Jesus did that.
That means that only by trusting in Jesus’ death for us can we escape outer darkness and be considered worthy to live eternally with Heavenly Father. That is biblical testimony. That is apostolic testimony. That is true Christian testimony.