Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
June 7, 2015 at 10:45 AM
The Lord's Supper
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday June 7, 2015
The Lord’s Supper
“And he took bread, and gave thanks...This is my body Which is given for you: this do ye in remembrance of me.” Lk. 22:19; ...This is my blood of the new testament which is shed for many” Mk. 14:24.
All religions have a founder. Most of them embody 
rituals, ceremonies, and even sacrifices to honor their 
founder. Christianity, one of the religions, has its 
ceremonies, ordinances, and sacraments to commemorate 
the sacrificial ministry of Jesus Christ. The sermon today 
will focus on the ceremony often referred to as The Lord’s 
Supper. It will encompass the following parameters, points, 
or concerns, namely: What is the Lord’s Supper?, By whom 
and when was it organized?, What were its ingredients?, 
What is its significance?, and How might it be abused? 
As background for the subject, attention is called to 
the Jewish celebration known as Passover. It is “one of the 
most widely celebrated Jewish holidays and commemorates 
the biblical story of Exodus when Hebrew “slaves” were 
released from bondage in Egypt and headed for Canaan. 
To soften Pharaoh’s resistance to releasing the Hebrews, 
God caused a death angel to overshadow Egypt and kill the 
first born of every Egyptian while avoiding the Hebrew 
houses, hence came the word Passover. This historic 
event is celebrated for seven days in Israel. Centuries 
later, the feast of unleavened drew nigh, which is called 
the Passover, Satan entered into Judas who would betray 
Jesus thereby opening the pathway for him to be killed. 
Against this background on origin of the Passover, 
attention will now be focused on the earlier specified 
dimensions, the first of which is - What is the Lord’s 
Supper? It is a ceremony that Jesus established during 
the period of the Jewish Passover. While not rejecting the 
Jewish Passover, Jesus added a new dimension to the feast. 
Whereas the Jewish Passover commemorated the Hebrew 
exodus from Egypt, his new Passover would be a reminder 
of the forgiveness for the Original Sin ( Gen. 2:17 ) that 
would require the blood of an unblemished lamb, and he 
was that lamb. Hence, it was necessary for Jesus to leave 
a reminder of his sacrifice for all believers. 
“The accounts of the Lord’s Supper are found in the 
Gospels ( Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14: 17-25; Luke 22: and 
John 13:21-30.” Each of the accounts identifies the 
elements that Jesus used as a symbol for his sacrifice. 
This fact leads to the next aspect of the sermon which is - 
the elements used in the Lord’s supper. As the Gospel 
writers concurred, there were two elements that Jesus 
used to symbolize his forthcoming crucifixion, namely bread 
that Jesus took and blessed it, and break it, and gave it to 
the disciples; and said, ‘take, eat, this is my body’. Next, 
gave the second element and noted in Mt. 26:27 “And he 
took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 
Drink ye all of it. For this is my blood of the new testament, 
which is shed for many in the remission” ( 28). He did not 
drink with them but promised to drink it new with ( them ) 
in his Father’s kingdom. 
Although the four Gospel writers included the Lord’s 
Supper in their narrative, this event was, also, included 
in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians ( 1st Cor. 11: 
23-29 ). His message was a warning against partaking of 
the Lord’s Supper while being besieged with sinful thoughts 
and actions. He wrote as a warning - Therefore whoever 
eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an 
unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against 
the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine 
himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the 
cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing 
the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment against 
himself.” Continuing his warning, Paul wrote, “For this 
cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many 
sleep.” ( 30 ). 
The next dimension of this sermon on The Lord’s 
Supper are the questions of time, and participants. 
Although the Lord’s Supper was instituted on a Thursday 
night, it is most frequently observed on the 1st Worship 
Sunday each month. There are some rural church whose 
day of worship may be other than the 1st Sunday and, many 
of them have quarterly communion worship service. 
Additionally, there is the practice in many denominations 
of observing the Lord’s Supper on Thursday night of the 
Passion or Holy Week Services. The second question - 
who shall be permitted to commune is widely debated 
variously observed. Essentially, the response is either 
open and closed. The general practice is that of open 
participation, however, some denomination follow the 
strict policy of closed to persons not of that faith nor 
member of that fellowship. Without critiquing these 
polities, attention will instead shift to the final 
dimension of this sermon which is - why should you 
participate in The Lord’s Supper. There are several 
reasons for partaking of The Lord’s Supper, some of which 
are: to be obedient and honor the request that Jesus made, 
at The Last Supper, “This is my body that is given for you: 
this do you in remembrance of me” ( Lk. 22:19 ).; not a 
succor for grace ( sacrament ) within most Protestant 
Churches; it is instead an ordinance within the worship 
service; not to conform to the cooperate gathering but 
experience an inner feeling of affinity to the Almighty 
God; and to avoid falling into that group Paul described 
as being “ weak and sickly and many sleep” ( 1Cor. 11:30)., 
and to be included in the gathering when Jesus shall 
drink it anew in his Father’s house ( Lk. 22:16 ). 
In closing, this sermon has explored some features of 
The Lord’s Supper, some of which are: It was founded by 
Jesus during the Passover; he instituted it on the Thursday 
night before his crucifixion the next day; it consisted of 
bread and the fruit of the vine - the bread to symbolize his 
body and the fruit of the vine to symbolize his blood; 
his crucifixion was necessary to reunite the broken 
chain between God and human kind, all participants 
should feel or pray for spiritual cleansing before 
partaking of the Supper, the act of partaking of The Lord’s 
Supper is more important that the day and time of its 
offering, and remember that Jesus’ 
request was - ... this do ye in remembrance of me. 
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