But they will never follow a stranger. They will run away from him because they don't know his voice."
Jesus told the people this story, but they did not understand what it meant.
So Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the door for the sheep.
All the people who came before me were thieves and robbers. The sheep did not listen to them.
I am the door, and the person who enters through me will be saved and will be able to come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life -- life in all its fullness.
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
The worker who is paid to keep the sheep is different from the shepherd who owns them. When the worker sees a wolf coming, he runs away and leaves the sheep alone. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them.
The man runs away because he is only a paid worker and does not really care about the sheep.
"I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, as the Father knows me. And my sheep know me, as I know the Father. I give my life for the sheep.