John 10:1-21 - Jesus As The Good Shepherd
1 "In solemn truth I tell you that whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, that man is a thief and a robber; 2 "but he who comes in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 "The porter opens the door for him; the sheep listen to his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4 "When he has brought all his own sheep, he walks before them and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 "But a stranger they will not follow, but flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."
6 Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he was talking about; so he said to them again.
7 "In solemn truth I tell you that I am the Door of the sheep. 8 "All that came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 "I am the Door. Whoever enters by me shall be saved, and he shall go in and come out and find pasture. 10 "The thief never comes except to steal and kill and destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it in abundance.
11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his very life for the sheep. 12 "The hired servant, since he is not a shepherd and does not own his sheep, leaves the sheep and flees when he sees a wolf coming??nd the wolf worries them and scatters them. 13 "He is only a hired servant, and the sheep are no care to him.
14 "I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me; 15 just as the Father knows me, I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 "I have other sheep also, which do not belong to this fold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd. 17 "The Father loves me for this, because I am laying down my life that I may take it again. 18 "No man is taking it away from me. I am laying it down on my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father."
19 The Jews were again divided over these words. 20 Many of them kept saying. "He has a demon and is mad! Why do you listen to him?" 21 Others were saying. "These are not the words of one demon-possessed. Can a demoniac open the eyes of the blind?"