Bible: John 10:6-29

10:6 Jesus told them this parable, 1  but they 2  did not understand 3  what he was saying to them.

10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 4  I am the door for the sheep. 5  10:8 All who came before me were 6  thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 7  10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 8  and find pasture. 9  10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 10  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 11 

10:11I am the good 12  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 13  for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 14  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 15  the sheep and runs away. 16  So the wolf attacks 17  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 18  he runs away. 19 

10:14I am the good shepherd. I 20  know my own 21  and my own know me 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 22  for 23  the sheep. 10:16 I have 24  other sheep that do not come from 25  this sheepfold. 26  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 27  so that 28  there will be one flock and 29  one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 30 because I lay down my life, 31  so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 32  of my own free will. 33  I have the authority 34  to lay it down, and I have the authority 35  to take it back again. This commandment 36  I received from my Father.”

10:19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 37  because of these words. 10:20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 38  Why do you listen to him? 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words 39  of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 40  can it? 41 

Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 42  in Jerusalem. 43  10:23 It was winter, 44  and Jesus was walking in the temple area 45  in Solomon’s Portico. 46  10:24 The Jewish leaders 47  surrounded him and asked, 48 How long will you keep us in suspense? 49  If you are the Christ, 50  tell us plainly.” 51  10:25 Jesus replied, 52 I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 53  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 54  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 55  no one will snatch 56  them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 57  and no one can snatch 58  them from my Father’s hand.

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