The passage that we are going to look at these next days (Luke 15) has everything to do with being lost. It is a parable that Jesus gives as He is trying to defend Himself against the Pharisees and their condemnation of His interest in the tax collectors and sinners. Jesus was seeking out these sinful people and was making a difference in their lives. The Pharisees saw this and were offended and condemned Jesus for even eating with these type of people. The beginning of Luke 15 tells us, “Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them” (verses 1-2).
In LUKE 15:8-10 Jesus wants these religious leaders to understand God’s attitude about “sinners” and those that are lost. He wants to explain why His time is spent with people whose lives have taken a turn into sin and He wants to share the heart of God. For this reason Jesus gives the following parable- “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ’Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). God is so passionate about those that have lost their way that He sent His Son to find them. God seeks out those that are lost with such fervour that Jesus describes the woman in His parable as diligently and painstakingly searching her house for the lost coin. Every corner is swept out and every dark place is investigated. No piece of furniture is left standing in her efforts to find the lost coin.
It is the same with God. The parable is about God. God is the woman searching for the lost coin. We are the lost coin. God searches for us. God makes a great effort in seeking those that are lost to Him. Psalm 14:2 tells us, “The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”
The picture we get from Jesus is that each and every person is very important to God. We get that from this parable and also the parable of the Lost Sheep’ and the shepherd goes after the one lost sheep because of its importance. You are extremely important to God and Jesus wanted you to know that.