“Parable of the Lost Coin” – 3. 14. 21

“Parable of the Lost Coin”

This parable is a member of a trilogy on redemption taught by Jesus.


Parable of the Lost Sheep

1 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! Luke 15:1-2 NLT


So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”  Luke 15:3-7 NLT

  • To repent, in relation to salvation, is to change your mind regarding sin and Jesus Christ.

Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

Luke 15:8-10 NLT


  • The woman searches with all her might.
  • The woman takes drastic measures to find the valuable coin.
  • The woman celebrates when the lost coin is found.
  • All of heaven rejoices when one sinner repents and is found.




Jesus said in Luke 19:10… 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.



  • We were created to have fellowship with Him
  • We were made to worship Him
  • To be saved is to know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, to have a relationship with God through Christ
  • To be lost is to not have a personal relationship with God; to have no assurance of salvation and no personal relationship with God. 
  • To be saved means heaven when you die, to be lost means hell


8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT


This lost coin parable gives us a picture of a person in a lost condition. This coin is helpless unless someone else intervenes on its behalf.  



  • He gave his life on the cross.
  • He shed his precious blood.
  • He defeated hell, death, and the grave to save you.

Next Steps for Me Today…

  • To see sin as God sees it.
  • To see clearly the true condition of my relationship with God.
  • To put my faith in Jesus Christ for salvation!

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