John 10:11-28

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep 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 are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.
18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided.
20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter,
23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me,
26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

John 10:11-28 In-Context

9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep 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 are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.
18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided.
20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter,
23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me,
26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one.”

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Cross References 30

  • 1. S John 6:35
  • 2. ver 14; Psalms 23:1; Isaiah 40:11; Eze 34:11-16,23; Matthew 2:6; Luke 12:32; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17
  • 3. ver 15,17,18; John 15:13; 1 John 3:16
  • 4. Zechariah 11:16,17
  • 5. S ver 11
  • 6. ver 27; Exodus 33:12
  • 7. Matthew 11:27
  • 8. ver 11,17,18
  • 9. Isaiah 56:8; Acts 10:34,35
  • 10. John 11:52; John 17:20,21; Ephesians 2:11-19
  • 11. Ezekiel 34:23; Ezekiel 37:24; 1 Peter 2:25
  • 12. ver 11,15,18
  • 13. Matthew 26:53
  • 14. John 15:10; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 5:8
  • 15. S John 6:52; John 7:43; John 9:16
  • 16. S Mark 3:22; John 7:20
  • 17. 2 Kings 9:11; Jeremiah 29:26; Mark 3:21
  • 18. S Matthew 4:24
  • 19. Exodus 4:11; John 9:32,33
  • 20. Acts 3:11; Acts 5:12
  • 21. S John 1:19
  • 22. Luke 22:67; John 16:25,29
  • 23. John 4:26; John 8:58
  • 24. John 5:36; John 14:11
  • 25. John 8:47
  • 26. ver 14
  • 27. ver 4
  • 28. S Matthew 25:46
  • 29. Isaiah 66:22
  • 30. S John 6:39

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