Last night our congregation held the second of three evangelistic services we are calling “Stories of Hope.” I preached on the Parable of the Lost Coin from Luke 15:8-10.
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.
I made it clear that as we hear this parable, we are not to identify with the woman but the coin. For the lost coin represents a sinner, and the theme I developed in the message was “A valuable item lost from its owner becomes worthless, but when restored the joy is multiplied.”
So though we are to see ourselves as not the woman but the coin, the question remains: “What does the woman represent?” Some commentators think she represents the Holy Spirit, for her searching with her light is like the Spirit illuminating hearts with truth. Others develop the […]