Bible: John 10:1-39

Jesus as the Good Shepherd

10:1I tell you the solemn truth, 1  the one who does not enter the sheepfold 2  by the door, 3  but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 10:2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 10:3 The doorkeeper 4  opens the door 5  for him, 6  and the sheep hear his voice. He 7  calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 8  10:4 When he has brought all his own sheep 9  out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 10  his voice. 10:5 They will never follow a stranger, 11  but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 12  the stranger’s voice.” 13  10:6 Jesus told them this parable, 14  but they 15  did not understand 16  what he was saying to them.

10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 17  I am the door for the sheep. 18  10:8 All who came before me were 19  thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 20  10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 21  and find pasture. 22  10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 23  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 24 

10:11I am the good 25  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 26  for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 27  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 28  the sheep and runs away. 29  So the wolf attacks 30  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 31  he runs away. 32 

10:14I am the good shepherd. I 33  know my own 34  and my own know me 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 35  for 36  the sheep. 10:16 I have 37  other sheep that do not come from 38  this sheepfold. 39  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 40  so that 41  there will be one flock and 42  one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 43 because I lay down my life, 44  so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 45  of my own free will. 46  I have the authority 47  to lay it down, and I have the authority 48  to take it back again. This commandment 49  I received from my Father.”

10:19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 50  because of these words. 10:20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 51  Why do you listen to him? 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words 52  of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 53  can it? 54 

Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 55  in Jerusalem. 56  10:23 It was winter, 57  and Jesus was walking in the temple area 58  in Solomon’s Portico. 59  10:24 The Jewish leaders 60  surrounded him and asked, 61 How long will you keep us in suspense? 62  If you are the Christ, 63  tell us plainly.” 64  10:25 Jesus replied, 65 I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 66  I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 10:26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 10:28 I give 67  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 68  no one will snatch 69  them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 70  and no one can snatch 71  them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I 72  are one.” 73 

10:31 The Jewish leaders 74  picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 10:32 Jesus said to them, 75 I have shown you many good deeds 76  from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me? 10:33 The Jewish leaders 77  replied, 78 We are not going to stone you for a good deed 79  but for blasphemy, 80  because 81  you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 82 

10:34 Jesus answered, 83 Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods? 84  10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods(and the scripture cannot be broken), 85  10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 86  and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God? 10:37 If I do not perform 87  the deeds 88  of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 89  so that you may come to know 90  and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 10:39 Then 91  they attempted 92  again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 93 

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