(111) Jesus, the Good Shepherd
“Truly, I tell you this: He who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens the door for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he has brought out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what He was saying to them. So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, I tell you this: I am the door for the sheep. All who ever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he shall be saved. He will go in and out and find pasture. The only reason a thief comes is to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But the hired man is not the shepherd who owns the sheep, and he will leave them when he sees the wolf coming. He will flee, and the wolf will catch the sheep and scatter them. The hired one flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; and I know my sheep, and they know me. Just as the Father knows me, even so I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also. They will hear my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. For this reason my Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I might take it again. No one takes it from me, but I willingly lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment I have received from my Father.”
The Jews were divided again because of these sayings. Many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?”
But others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
(111) Jesus, the Good Shepherd
John 10:1-21, KJV
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. 19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
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