John Chapter 10

New International Version

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.

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 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.

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 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. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 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.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 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.

There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

I and my Father are one.

Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. And many believed on him there.

Jesus lays a lot out in this chapter, beginning with the parable of the sheep.  I love the promise here that Jesus says (of the Jews) that there are other sheep that aren’t a part of that fold, and that He will gather them so they will be of one fold, with one Shepherd.

Until Jesus, the sheep died for the shepherd, but Jesus as our shepherd died for His sheep. He paid for the sheep with his blood, therefore He is no hireling. His sheep hear His voice and know it.  False shepherds (teachers) steal the souls of those who follow after them, kills the spirit and destroys the will to follow the Good and True Shepherd.  Jesus comes that the sheep will live and have life abundant. That’s not to say as prosperity gospel teaches, the good life now, or a life filled with abundance of material goodness, but an abundant life of the fullness of the Shepherd and Holy Spirit, along with the promise of life eternal with our Shepherd.

The beginning of Psalm 23 reminds us that,

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Think of sheep in a green pasture land, forever safe from wolves and dangers, always under the watch care of our Good Shepherd.

The end part of Psalm 23 reminds us that,

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

That, is an abundant life!

And notice the false shepherds’ reactions again to Jesus’s teaching, they accuse Him of having a devil.  Time and time again He tells them who He Is, and does so again here. But they refuse to listen and lead so many sheep astray.

It’s the Feast of Dedication and Jesus is in the Temple.  The Festival of Lights, where the Light of the World is walking in Solomon’s Porch, having to answer to these hypocrites who would extinguish the light.  And they try here again.   “Tell us plainly….”

“I and my Father are one”

This removes any and all false ideas about Jesus being a prophet, or a son of God, or the first created and so many other claims.  Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd, whereas God is also called the Good Shepherd.

the Father is in me, and I in him.”   Again the Jewish leaders knew exactly what He meant as they again threaten to stone Him.

But it was still not His time.  He went to the Jordan, and abode there, and many believed on Him there.

The sheep know His voice.

Have a blessed day all!

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