Bible: John 10-11

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 

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 

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