December 17th, 2006
Jesus claimed to be different from the thieves and robbers that came before him, but what did he mean? The thief comes and puts false ideas into people’s heads, thereby stealing human minds. Once he has planted false ideas in your mind and you accept them, you start going astray and become dead in the spirit and sometimes also physically. The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. He doesn’t use the front door; instead he breaks in some other way. Jesus, on the other hand, uses the front door and comes to give us life in abundance.
John’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 10
10:1 “I can guarantee that a person who doesn’t use the door to enter the sheep fold, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 10:2 But the person who enters using the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 10:3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 10:4 Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 10:5 They will certainly not follow a stranger. They will run away, because they don’t recognise the voice of strangers.” 10:6 Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
10:7 So Jesus said, “The truth is that I am the sheep’s door. 10:8 All those who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 10:9 I am the door. Anyone who enters by me will be saved, and will go in and go out, and find grass to eat. 10:10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that people can have life in abundance. 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 10:12 A hired hand who is not a shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and runs away. The wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 The hired hand runs away because he is a hired hand, and doesn’t care for the sheep. 10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. 10:16 I have other sheep which do not belong to this sheepfold. I must bring them also and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd. 10:17 The Father loves me because I lay down my life so that I can take it again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me. I lay it down by myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. I received this command from my Father.”
10:19 The Jews were divided because of these words. 10:20 Many of them said, “He has a demon and is insane! Why do you listen to him?” 10:21 Others said, “These are not the sayings of someone possessed by a demon. It isn’t possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?”
10:22 It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem. 10:23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 10:24 The Jews surrounded him and asked, “How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 10:25 Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. The works which I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 10:26 But you don’t believe, because you are not numbered amongst my sheep, as I told you. 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 10:28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 10:30 I and the Father are one.”
10:31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 10:32 Jesus said, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?” 10:33 The Jews answered, “We’re not stoning you for a good work, but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
10:34 Jesus answered, “Doesn’t your law say, ‘I said, you are gods?’ 10:35 If he called the people to whom the word of God came ‘gods’ (and the Scripture can’t be broken), 10:36 can you tell the person whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ 10:37 If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, believe the works even if you don’t believe me, so you can know and believe that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”
10:39 They tried again to arrest him, but he slipped away. 10:40 He went away beyond the Jordan to the place where John had started off baptizing, and he stayed there. 10:41 Many people came to him. They said, “John did no miraculous sign, but everything that John said about this man is true.” 10:42 Many people believed in him there.
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