Trinity 3 – The Lost Coin

Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 06/20/2010

“What man, having ten silver coins, if he loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until he finds it? And when he has found it, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

He had come to hate his Father. And the old man certainly seemed to deserve it…

After all, how could he be so unfair as to demand absolute perfection from his son?

The son had tried everything in his power to please his dad.

He had been at the top of his class for years…

He had worked harder than any of his classmates, putting in extra hours—literally working himself to the bone…

But all his father seemed to want… was absolute perfection.

So finally the son just threw in the towel.

He hated his father for his unfairness—and loathed himself.

And yet deep down inside something told the son that this whole thing might be a misunderstanding.

Maybe his dad wasn’t so bad after all?

Maybe something got lost in translation?

And so that is exactly where the son started searching for the Truth about his father.

He decided to ignore the faulty translation—the false bill of goods about his Dad that he had been sold his whole life.

The son went back to the original sources.

And after years of searching for the true essence of his Father, the son finally discovered the Truth—more valuable than a lost coin.

And when he had found it, he called together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.


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