The World’s Most Popular Sermon
Many years ago I heard a sermon that radically changed my understanding of the cross. The sermon was recorded on a cassette tape in 1987, and it is no exaggeration to say that this was one of the most influential sermons in my journey to grace.
And it is this year’s Classic Sermon!
Every couple of years or so I release a classic sermon, and this year’s sermon is off the charts. In fact, it may the most popular sermon in the world.
No, I am not referring to the Sermon on the Mount which is the world’s greatest sermon. I’m talking about a sermon that has been preached in one form or another for 2000 years.
Derek Prince called it “The Divine Exchange.” Perhaps you have heard of it. What you may not know is that variations on this sermon were preached by the early Church Fathers, the Church Doctors, influential theologians, the Protestant Reformers, and at least one pope.
If this is not the most popular sermon in history, it is certainly one of the most enduring.
In my new ebook, The Happy, Wondrous, Divine, Exchange, I include a version of Prince’s sermon that has been edited and abridged by me. I also trace the history of the sermon from the second century right down to the present day. It’s quite a story!
This classic sermon has survived schisms and ruptures within the church. To this day it is preached in both the eastern and western branches of the Church in every language known to man.
Like Prince, Charles Spurgeon called it the divine exchange. Luther and Calvin referred to it as a happy or wondrous exchange. Others called it a sweet exchange, a great exchange, a miraculous exchange, or a blessed exchange. But they were all talking about the same thing – namely, the glorious message of the cross.
Christ was made sin that you might be made righteous; he was broken, that you might be made whole; he was rejected, that you might be accepted, and much more!
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Thanks for this Paul this post is confirmation from Holy Spirit that He was bringing this sermon and it’s contents to my remembrance over the passed few days because He wanted to remind me of the importance and significance of what Jesus had done,achieved for me and my family at the cross and why, especially since my son tried to take his life on Saturday.For me this is ABBA God confirming to me that He had us,,my son was going to be ok and that Jesus had already bore,dealt with paid for and redeemed my sons brokenness at the cross so that he could live.Thank You Lord.
So glad to hear that, Sally.
Looking forward to it. 🙂
The Great Exchange is the Good News. Derek Prince was Clear Light in a dark place.
He certainly was.
Have you ever read, or are you familiar with John Piper’s “50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die”? Obviously there is one overall arching reason, but he breaks it down into various aspects of what was accomplished at the cross.
Yes. I can’t say I’m a fan.
It’s been over a decade since I read it. There were parts I liked and parts that didn’t resonate well. It came across like a how to manual for dissecting the cross into a sermon series.
All my preaching used to be like that – parts that were useful, parts that weren’t. I’m done with mixture.