- “I tell you the solemn truth,
the one who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.A
- But the one entering by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the doorkeeper opens,
and the sheep listen to his voice.B
His own sheep he calls by name
and leads them out.
- When he has brought out all of his own,C
he goes ahead of them,
and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.
- But a stranger they will never follow , but will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
- Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
- So Jesus said again, “I tell you the solemn truth,
I am the door for the sheep.
- All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
- I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture.
- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
- “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
- The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep,
sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and flees,
and the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters.
- Because he is a hired hand and does not care about the sheep.
- “I am the good shepherd.
(I know my own and my own know me
- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father)
and I lay down my life for the sheep.D
- CI have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd.
- This is why the Father loves me
because I lay down my life, so that I may take it back again.
- No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down of my own free will.
I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again.
This commandment I received from my Father.”
- Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people because of these words. 20Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! Why do you listen to him?” 21Others said, “These are not the words of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, can it?”
At the Feast of Dedication
- Then came the feast of the Dedication in Jerusalem. 23It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple area in Solomon’s Portico. 24The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
- Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe.
The deeds I do in my Father’s name testify about me.
- But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep.
- My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
- I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand.
- My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand.
- I and the Father are one.”
- The Jewish leaders picked up rocks again to stone him to death.
- Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good deeds from the Father.
For which one of them are you going to stone me?”
- The Jewish leaders replied, “We are not going to stone you for a good deed
but for blasphemy, because you, a man, are claiming to be God.”
- Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36do you say about the one whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
- If I do not perform the deeds of my Father, do not believe me.
- But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds,
so that you may come to know and understand that
I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
- Then they attempted again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches.
- Jesus went back across the Jordan River again to the place where John had been baptizing at an earlier time, and he stayed there. 41Many came to him and began to say, “John performed no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man was true!” 42And many believed in Jesus there.