The Coin that Completes the Crown

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors 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.”

– Luke 15:8-10

Yesterday we looked at the parable of the lost sheep and how Jesus rejoices over one missing lamb who comes back to the flock. Today, we’re going to dive into the second parable in this same passage, which involves a woman who lost a coin.

I think many of us who look at this story wonder what the significance of ten coins was. After all, losing 1 out of 10 doesn’t seem that important, especially considering that money is not an irreplaceable commodity. However, it’s crucial to understand the context here. Most likely, the coin she lost was part of this woman’s headdress, which was like her wedding ring. In those days, women didn’t wear rings as they do today; instead, they had these elaborate headpieces that were sometimes adorned with ten coins to signify the ten commandments. So it could be that this woman was just married and she was wearing her “ring” all the time — she wore it when she went shopping and whenever she went out in public. Imagine her horror, then, when somebody said to her in the marketplace, “Hey, where’s your coin, did you know there’s one missing?” At that point, she was probably greatly alarmed and began searching high and low for it. She scoured her house and finally, under the last piece of furniture, she found it! When she did, she went out to all of her friends shouting, “I found it! I found it!” and they all rejoiced with her that her most valuable possession was complete again!

Friend, like that beautiful headdress, the Kingdom of God is incomplete without every lost brother and sister, and that includes you! The One who created the universe goes scouring the earth to save precious souls who haven’t yet been found, because He loves them. When you feel down and hopeless, you can encourage yourself with the thought that you were sought after and chosen. Your crown is a gift from your Heavenly Bridegroom, who pursued you, is acquainted with you intimately, and yet loves you completely. He gave His life for you and brought you into His family so it would be complete, and you have been called a child of God! Isn’t that the best news?


Jesus, my heart is full of gratitude when I consider that you went looking for me and found me. Remind me of others who are still lost and use me to introduce them to you.


How does knowing that God’s family is incomplete without lost brothers and sisters compel you to share?

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  1. It compels me to share that God’s family embraces all regardless of their skin color eye color or ethnicity.And whether they are gay straight or bisexual. Christian or Non Christian .We are all like precious jewels in his eyes.It also doesn’t matter if you are well educated or illiterate. People need to know that the World we live in is populated by all different classifications of individuals.There is unfortunately a certain percentage of people who need to learn about who we all are.Drug addicts and homeless people who live on the street are also accepted.Persons with physical and mental disabilities are welcomed.Democrats. Republicans And Liberals are also included. I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of reaching out to the lost and hurting with the positive and healing messages of God.
    And to Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family much love and prayers.Much thanks to the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra along with the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir for the beautiful music and singing.As always I remain your faithful
    viewer and Happy and Wholesome student in Jesus Christ.God bless all of You

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