Jesus looks out for the lost sheep

John 10:1-21. As His sheep, we need to know the true shepherd and respond to His voice.

Jesus used an everyday example to make His point that He was the true shepherd and He will look after His flock.

Jesus was still polarizing His Jewish listeners, those who did not believe He was the Messiah and those who did.

Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Jesus soon after this teaching goes beyond the Jordan somewhere near Jericho.

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The Shepherd and His Flock

10:1 “Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, the person who doesn’t enter the sheepfold through the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 It’s to him the gatekeeper opens the gate, and it’s his voice the sheep hear. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has driven out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They’ll never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they don’t recognize the voice of strangers.” 16 Jesus used this illustration with them, but they didn’t understand what he was saying to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7 So again Jesus said, “Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, I’m the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I’m the gate. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved. He’ll come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I’ve come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

11 “I’m the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired worker, who isn’t the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, deserts the sheep, and runs away. So the wolf snatches them and scatters them, 13 because he’s a hired worker, and the sheep don’t matter to him.

14 I’m the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that don’t belong to this fold. I must lead these also, and they’ll listen to my voice. So there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it back again. 18 No one is taking it from me; 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 is what my Father has commanded me.”

19 Once again there was a division among the Jews because of what Jesus had been saying. 20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why bother listening to him?”

21 Others were saying, “These are not the words of a man who is demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can it?”
John 10:1—21

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