God loves everyone and wants to forgive their sins.
When Jesus was teaching, He often spent time with people who did not know God
or do things that were good and right. He taught them what they needed
to do and change so that God would accept them. However, the Pharisees
and the teachers of the law complained, "This man welcomes sinners and eats
with them." Jesus answered their disapproval with this parable which
showed how much God cares for lost sinners, and how much He wants them to be
saved and have their sins forgiven.
The Lost Coin:
"What woman," asked Jesus, "Who has ten silver coins and if she loses one coin,
does not light a lamp and sweep the house, and seeks until she finds it?
And when she finds it, she calls all her friends and neighbours, saying,
"Come and rejoice with me, for I have found the silver coin which I had lost."
Jesus said, "In the same way, there will be joy in heaven over one sinner who
repents, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons who need no
The parable of the lost coin again shows that God loves and values every person
and wants them to be His beloved children. John 3:16 says:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Just a Coin?
Jesus must have had in mind a young woman who had just been married.
Her ten silver coins may have been a necklace that she wore around her neck.
These coins were very valuable to her as they would have formed part of
her trousseau. This was the money, clothes, linen, and other belongings
that a bride had collected for her marriage. No wonder she was so happy
to find that lost coin!
A Changed Life:
To "repent" means to turn away from doing sin and wrong things, and decide to
to do things that are right and good. And then to ask Jesus to forgive
you and make you clean inside. If you really mean it, Jesus will
forgive you and wash you clean inside from all your sins with His precious
And then you need to ask Jesus to come into your heart as your Lord and
Saviour, so that you will become one of God's precious children. And
you will then have everlasting life in Heaven when you die. Jesus will
change you inside so that you will want to serve and please God every day in
all you do and say.
And if you were in Heaven, you would hear all the angels rejoicing that you
now belong to God. You may not have ten silver coins, but knowing God
as your loving Heavenly Father is worth more than all the gold and silver in