Bible: John 10-11
Jesus as the Good Shepherd
10:1 “I 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
10:11 “I 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
10:14 “I 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
10:40 Jesus 94 went back across the Jordan River 95 again to the place where John 96 had been baptizing at an earlier time, 97 and he stayed there. 10:41 Many 98 came to him and began to say, “John 99 performed 100 no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 101 was true!” 10:42 And many believed in Jesus 102 there.
The Death of Lazarus
11:1 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 103 11:2 (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil 104 and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 105 11:3 So the sisters sent a message 106 to Jesus, 107 “Lord, look, the one you love is sick.” 11:4 When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, 108 but to God’s glory, 109 so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 110 11:5 (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 111
11:6 So when he heard that Lazarus 112 was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days. 11:7 Then after this, he said to his disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 113 11:8 The disciples replied, 114 “Rabbi, the Jewish leaders 115 were just now trying 116 to stone you to death! Are 117 you going there again?” 11:9 Jesus replied, 118 “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, 119 because he sees the light of this world. 120 11:10 But if anyone walks around at night, 121 he stumbles, 122 because the light is not in him.”
11:11 After he said this, he added, 123 “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. 124 But I am going there to awaken him.” 11:12 Then the disciples replied, 125 “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 11:13 (Now Jesus had been talking about 126 his death, but they 127 thought he had been talking about real sleep.) 128
11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 11:15 and I am glad 129 for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 130 But let us go to him.” 11:16 So Thomas (called Didymus 131 ) 132 said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.” 133
Speaking with Martha and Mary
11:17 When 134 Jesus arrived, 135 he found that Lazarus 136 had been in the tomb four days already. 137 11:18 (Now Bethany was less than two miles 138 from Jerusalem, 139 11:19 so many of the Jewish people of the region 140 had come to Martha and Mary to console them 141 over the loss of their brother.) 142 11:20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 143 11:21 Martha 144 said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 11:22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant 145 you.” 146
11:23 Jesus replied, 147 “Your brother will come back to life again.” 148 11:24 Martha said, 149 “I know that he will come back to life again 150 in the resurrection at the last day.” 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live 151 even if he dies, 11:26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 152 Do you believe this?” 11:27 She replied, 153 “Yes, Lord, I believe 154 that you are the Christ, 155 the Son of God who comes into the world.” 156
11:28 And when she had said this, Martha 157 went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, 158 “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 159 11:29 So when Mary 160 heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 11:30 (Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still in the place where Martha had come out to meet him.) 11:31 Then the people 161 who were with Mary 162 in the house consoling her saw her 163 get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 164 there.
11:32 Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the people 165 who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved 166 in spirit and greatly distressed. 167 11:34 He asked, 168 “Where have you laid him?” 169 They replied, 170 “Lord, come and see.” 11:35 Jesus wept. 171 11:36 Thus the people who had come to mourn 172 said, “Look how much he loved him!” 11:37 But some of them said, “This is the man who caused the blind man to see! 173 Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus 174 from dying?”
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
11:38 Jesus, intensely moved 175 again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 176 11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 177 Martha, the sister of the deceased, 178 replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, 179 because he has been buried 180 four days.” 181 11:40 Jesus responded, 182 “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” 11:41 So they took away 183 the stone. Jesus looked upward 184 and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. 185 11:42 I knew that you always listen to me, 186 but I said this 187 for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 11:43 When 188 he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, 189 “Lazarus, come out!” 11:44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, 190 and a cloth wrapped around his face. 191 Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him 192 and let him go.”
The Response of the Jewish Leaders
11:45 Then many of the people, 193 who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 194 did, believed in him. 11:46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 195 and reported to them 196 what Jesus had done. 11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 197 called the council 198 together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. 11:48 If we allow him to go on in this way, 199 everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 200 and our nation.”
11:49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 201 “You know nothing at all! 11:50 You do not realize 202 that it is more to your advantage to have one man 203 die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 204 11:51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 205 but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 206 11:52 and not for the Jewish nation 207 only, 208 but to gather together 209 into one the children of God who are scattered.) 210 11:53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.
11:54 Thus Jesus no longer went 211 around publicly 212 among the Judeans, 213 but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 214 and stayed there with his disciples. 11:55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 215 was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 216 from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 217 11:56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 218 and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 219 “What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast?” 11:57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 220 had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 221 was should report it, so that they could arrest 222 him.) 223