"I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep. 1
When the hired man, who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away; so the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them.
The hired man runs away because he is only a hired man and does not care about the sheep.
I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them. 2
There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd.
"The Father loves me because I am willing to give up my life, in order that I may receive it back again.
No one takes my life away from me. I give it up of my own free will. I have the right to give it up, and I have the right to take it back. This is what my Father has commanded me to do."
Again there was a division among the people because of these words.
Many of them were saying, "He has a demon! He is crazy! Why do you listen to him?"
But others were saying, "A man with a demon could not talk like this! How could a demon give sight to blind people?"