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The Lost Coin

I've found it!

Application:

God loves everyone and wants to forgive their sins.

Text:

Luke 15:2-10.

 

God Cares:

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 repentance."

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 blood.

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 the world!

God bless.

 

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