March 26th, 2017

Rejoicing Over One Sinner Who Repents
The Parable of the Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10 (NASB)

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15 is a chapter is full of grace and truth. The gospel is displayed in three, great parables. The theme is “where sin abounds grace much more abounds.” This truth is something that cannot be repeated too often, because as sweet as it is, it is so contrary to nature, man’s religion, and our way of thinking that few ever learn it, much less practice it. Deliverance from a life of sin and misery is a result of real mercy.

Mercy stretches her hand to misery. Grace reaches down to the guilty. The Savior saves sinners. Just a little point of fact: the person who denies his sin, guilt and misery – or refuses to acknowledge it – is not a candidate for deliverance. You don’t need a Savior until you know you’re a sinner. On the other hand, churches that refuse to seek out sinners with Good News are missing the very keys of Kingdom living.

  1. Each parable in Luke 15 represents the work of the Trinity in saving sinners.
    In the Parable of the Lost Sheep (vs. 1-7), we have the Good Shepherd (Jesus Christ) “seeking and saving that which is lost.” In this Parable of the Lost Coin, we have the woman with light (the Holy Spirit) sweeping her house looking for the lost coin, a picture of how disciples are made with the Spirit opening dark hearts. In the Parable of the Lost Son, which might be better called the Parable of the Faithful Father, we have the Father (God) who lovingly receives His son back from the far country.
  2. The Parable of the Lost Coin is a picture of how the Holy Spirit found you.
    The Bible comes alive when you realize it’s not only Gospel narrative, it is a biography of your life.
    1. The lost coin is in a dark and hidden place, unable to change its environment.
      As long as I focus on my abilities to please, rather than God’s ability to save, I’ll not be delivered. God is the one who “delivers sinners.” Our self-absorption and self-promotion stifles the Spirit.
    2. Though the coin is lost, it is not forgotten by the One who can find it anywhere.
      In living and proclaiming the Good News, like Ezekiel did to a valley of dead and dry bones, we must have the Wind of Heaven (the Spirit) carry our message, or the bones will never respond.
      1. Only the Spirit of God can sweep into the dark crevices of your life.
      2. Only the Spirit of God can carry you out by His sustaining power.
    3. The coin is precious to the One who owns the house, and the search is effectual.
      The woman lights a lamp (a picture of the Holy Spirit), and “searches the house for the lost coin.” “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
  3. The Parable of the Lost Coin emphasizes the joy over one sinner being delivered.
    After the woman found her lost coin, she called her friends and had a grand celebration party. “I tell you, there’s joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (v. 10).
    1. Notice the repentance mentioned – “one sinner who repents.” This means a change of mind. The coin has his mind changed about the dirt and darkness which covers him. He wants it gone.
    2. Notice the number mentioned – “one sinner who repents.” Why are we impressed with many? The story of Luke 15 is the story of one sheep, one coin, one son. Who is the one in your life?
    3. Notice the sinner mentioned – “one sinner who repents.” We are to be a friend to sinners. “This is a faithful saying worthy of acceptance; Christ Jesus came to save sinners” (I Tim. 1:15). You’ll never be called “a friend to sinners” until you love sinners, and tell them the truth.

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.