Life's shepherding — for the believers outside of religion
The sheepfold, the door, and the pasture — for the sheep
Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter through the 1adoor
into the 2sheepfold
, but climbs up from somewhere else, he is a 3bthief
and a robber;
But he who enters through the adoor
is the bshepherd
of the sheep.
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the 1sheep ahear
his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them bout
When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep afollow
him because they know his bvoice
But they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.
Jesus spoke to them, but they did not know what those things meant that He spoke to them.
Jesus therefore said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you that I am the adoor
of the sheep.
All who came before Me are athieves
and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the 1adoor
; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and go out and shall find 2pasture
The Shepherd, the divine life, and the soulish life — for the flock
The thief does not come except to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may ahave 1life
and may have it
I am the good aShepherd
; the good Shepherd blays
down His 1life
for the sheep.
He who is a hireling and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
because he is a hireling and it does not matter to him concerning the sheep.
I am the good aShepherd
, and bI
know My own, and cMy
own know Me,
Even as the aFather
knows Me and I know the Father; and I blay
down My life for the sheep.
And I have 1aother
sheep, which are not of this fold; I must lead them also, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be 2bone
flock, one cShepherd
For this reason
loves Me, because bI
lay down My life that I may take it again.
No one takes it away from Me, but I alay
it down of Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to btake
it again. This commandment I received from My Father.
division again took place among the Jews because of these words.
And many of them said, He ahas
a demon and is binsane
. Why do you listen to Him?
Others said, These are not the words of one who is
demon possessed. Can a demon aopen
the eyes of the blind?
The eternal life, the Son's hand, and the Father's hand — for the security of the sheep
At that time the 1Feast
of the Dedication occurred in Jerusalem, and
it was winter.
And Jesus was walking in the temple in the aportico
The Jews therefore surrounded Him and said to Him, How long will You hold our soul in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us aplainly
Jesus answered them, I told you, and you do not believe. The aworks
which I do 1in
My Father's name, these testify concerning Me;
But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep.
My sheep ahear
My voice, and bI
know them, and they cfollow
And I give to them 1aeternal
life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and bno
one shall csnatch
them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them
to Me, is greater than all, and no one can asnatch them
out of My 1Father
and the Father are aone
The persecution of religion
The Jews again atook
up stones that they might stone Him.
Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these works are you stoning Me?
The Jews answered Him, We are not stoning You for a good work, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a man, are making Yourself aGod
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, "I said, aYou
If He said they were
gods, to whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken,
Do you say of Him whom the Father ahas
sanctified and 1bsent
into the world, You are blaspheming, because I said, cI
am the Son of God?
If I do not do the aworks
of My Father, do not believe Me;
But if I do them,
even if you do not believe Me, abelieve
the works so that you may come to know and continue to know that the bFather is
in Me and I am
in the Father.
Then they sought again to aseize
Him, yet He went forth out of their hand.
Life's desertion of religion and life's new standing
went away again aacross
the Jordan, to the place where John was baptizing at first, and He remained there.
And many came to Him and said, John did no sign, but aall
the things John said concerning this man were true.
believed into Him there.