The Shepherd and the Sheepfold
1 "I tell you truly, that the man who does not enter the sheepfold through the door, but climbs up some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The shepherd of the sheep enters by the door. 3 The doorkeeper opens the door for him and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought them all out, he walks on before them and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger at all. Rather, they will run away from him, for they do not know the voice of the stranger." 6 This parable Jesus spoke to them, yet they did not understand what He meant.
Jesus the Door
7 Jesus then spoke to them again, "Indeed, I tell you, I am the Door of the sheep. 8 They were all thieves and robbers who came before Me, and the sheep would not hear them. 9 I am the Door. Everyone who comes in through Me will be safe, and he will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I come so that they may have life, and have an abundance of it.
Jesus' Discourse on the Good Shepherd
11 "I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 A hireling - that is, one who is not a shepherd and who does not own the sheep - leaves the sheep and flees when he sees the wolf coming, and the wolf pounces down on the sheep and scatters them. 13 The reason why the hireling flees is that he is a hireling, and does not care for the sheep.
14 "I am the Good Shepherd. I know My sheep, and My sheep know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know My Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice, so there will be one flock and one Shepherd.
17 "My Father loves Me on this account, that I lay down My life so that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from Me. I am giving it Myself. Indeed, I am authorized to lay it down, and I am authorized to take it back again. This authority I received from My Father."
19 Because of these sayings, a difference of opinion arose among the Jews. 20 Many of them said, "He has a devil, and is crazy. Why listen to him?" 21 Others said, "No, these are not the words of a madman. And a devil cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?"
Jesus Asserts His Deity
22 Then, in the winter time, came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. 23 Jesus was there, walking about on Solomon's Porch in the temple. 24 The Jews gathered about Him and said to Him, "How long will you keep our minds in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us so openly."
25 Jesus answered them, "I have told you, yet you will not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name bear witness for Me. 26 But, as for you, you do not believe because you are not My sheep, as I have told you. 27 My sheep listen to My voice and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them everlasting life. They shall never, never die, nor shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father who gave them to Me is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of My Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are One!"
Jesus' Defense Before the Mob
31 Then the Jews once more took up stones to throw at Him. 32 Jesus answered them, "Many a good deed have I shown you from My Father. For which are you going to stone Me?" 33 They said, "We are not going to stone you for any good work, but for blasphemy, because you, a man, make yourself God." 34 Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'? (Exodus 22:28; Psalm 82:6). 35 So God calls them gods to whom He spoke, and the Scripture cannot be set aside. 36 Do you then accuse of blasphemy Him whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, because He said,'I am the Son of God'? 37 If I am not doing the works of My Father. then do not believe Me. 38 But if I am doing them, then believe the works even if you don't believe Me. You will thus understand and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him." 39 They tried again to seize Him, but He escaped from their hands.
Jesus Crosses the Jordan
40 Jesus went away to the farther side of Jordan, to the place where John at first had been baptizing, and there He stayed. 41 Many came to Him there and they said, "John worked no miracle, but whatever John said about this Man was true." 42 And many there came to believe on Him.