The Centripetal And Centrifugal Forces Of The Cross

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will DRAW all men to me. John 12:32. This is the centripetal force of Christ Crucified. The love of the cross attracts seekers and brings them toward God. The science of physics has seen that the center of force attracts the object and causes it to seek the center.

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be CAST OUT. John 12:31. This casting out is the centrifugal force of the cross.

This verses show how the cross, the center of the forces, are forces which either attract or repel people. All people fall into one group or the other. Centripetal force is a force in which the center brings its object inward toward itself. The verse quoted above was spoken by Jesus on the eve of His crucifixion. When He said, “Now is the judgment . . . ,” He was speaking about His cross which would come to Him within the next few hours.

The centrifugal force is a force moving from the center outward which takes the object of the force away from the center. It is clear that many people are driven away from God by the cross. An all-mighty God looking weak, meek and crucified is absurd way of salvation to many of them. A message which says for them to die to self is a repulsive gospel to them. They repel and reject the sacrifice that Jesus made for them. They push away the word of the cross, which offers all people the blessing of being crucified and raised with Christ to walk with Him forever in newness of life. Rom 6:3-5. Gal 2:19-20.

Where are you with this issue? Does the cross pull you in centripetally toward Jesus and your death to self and resurrection with Him? Or does it drive you away centrifugally casting you out as it did Satan and his followers 2000 years ago?

As an older Christian brother once told me years ago, “the message of the cross will either bring ya in or drive ya away.” That is the centripetal/centrifugal story of the cross.

God has no other judgment of us outside of our own personal decision about the cross. You decide whether to be attracted to God’s love at the cross or to be repelled by the seeming offense of the bloody death of Jesus and be cast into outer darkness.

For the FATHER JUDGES NO MAN, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. Jn 5:22.

Ye judge after the flesh; I (Jesus) JUDGE NO MAN. John 8:15. So, Jesus, like His Father, does not judge anyone in the sense that we think of in our Justice system.

So how are we judged? We are judged by our own individual response to the word of the cross. We are pulled inward toward Jesus or, like Satan, we are cast out and driven way by the gospel of the cross.

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came NOT TO JUDGE BUT TO SAVE the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not the word (Word of the Cross- 1 Cor 1:18) that I have spoken, the same (that Word) shall judge him the last day. Jn 12:47.

The foreshadowing of this truth is even found in the Old Testament at 1 Sam 25:29:

Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be BOUND IN THE BUNDLE OF LIFE (Centripetal) with the Lord thy God; and the souls of thine thine enemies, THEM SHALL HE SLING OUT (Centrifugal) as out of the middle of a sling.

Travis Bryan III

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