Jesus as the Good Shepherd
1 “I tell you the solemn truth,1 the one who does not enter the sheepfold2 by the door,3 but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper4 opens the door5 for him,6 and the sheep hear his voice. He7 calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.8 4 When he has brought all his own sheep9 out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize10 his voice. 5 They will never follow a stranger,11 but will run away from him, because they do not recognize12 the stranger’s voice.”13 6 Jesus told them this parable,14 but they15 did not understand16 what he was saying to them.
7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth,17 I am the door for the sheep.18 8 All who came before me were19 thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.20 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 The thief comes only to steal and kill23 and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.24
11 “I am the good25 shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life26 for the sheep. 12 The hired hand,27 who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons28 the sheep and runs away.29 So the wolf attacks30 the sheep and scatters them. 13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep,31 he runs away.32
14 “I am the good shepherd. I33 know my own34 and my own know me – 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life35 for36 the sheep. 16 I have37 other sheep that do not come from38 this sheepfold.39 I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice,40 so that41 there will be one flock and42 one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me43 – because I lay down my life,44 so that I may take it back again. 18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down45 of my own free will.46 I have the authority47 to lay it down, and I have the authority48 to take it back again. This commandment49 I received from my Father.”
19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people50 because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind!51 Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words52 of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see,53 can it?”54
Jesus at the Feast of Dedication
22 Then came the feast of the Dedication55 in Jerusalem.56 23 It was winter,57 and Jesus was walking in the temple area58 in Solomon’s Portico.59 24 The Jewish leaders60 surrounded him and asked,61 “How long will you keep us in suspense?62 If you are the Christ,63 tell us plainly.”64 25 Jesus replied,65 “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds66 I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give67 them eternal life, and they will never perish;68 no one will snatch69 them from my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,70 and no one can snatch71 them from my Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I72 are one.”73
31 The Jewish leaders74 picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 32 Jesus said to them,75 “I have shown you many good deeds76 from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jewish leaders77 replied,78 “We are not going to stone you for a good deed79 but for blasphemy,80 because81 you, a man, are claiming to be God.”82
34 Jesus answered,83 “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’?84 35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken),85 36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart86 and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not perform87 the deeds88 of my Father, do not believe me. 38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds,89 so that you may come to know90 and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 39 Then91 they attempted92 again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches.93
40 Jesus94 went back across the Jordan River95 again to the place where John96 had been baptizing at an earlier time,97 and he stayed there. 41 Many98 came to him and began to say, “John99 performed100 no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man101 was true!” 42 And many believed in Jesus102 there.