John 9; John 10

1 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. 2 His followers asked him, "Teacher, whose sin caused this man to be born blind -- his own sin or his parents' sin?" 3 Jesus answered, "It is not this man's sin or his parents' sin that made him be blind. This man was born blind so that God's power could be shown in him. 4 While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground and made some mud with it and put the mud on the man's eyes. 7 Then he told the man, "Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam." (Siloam means Sent.) So the man went, washed, and came back seeing. 8 The neighbors and some people who had earlier seen this man begging said, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" 9 Some said, "He is the one," but others said, "No, he only looks like him." The man himself said, "I am the man." 10 They asked, "How did you get your sight?" 11 He answered, "The man named Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. Then he told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see." 12 They asked him, "Where is this man?" "I don't know," he answered. 13 Then the people took to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 The day Jesus had made mud and healed his eyes was a Sabbath day. 15 So now the Pharisees asked the man, "How did you get your sight?" He answered, "He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and now I see." 16 So some of the Pharisees were saying, "This man does not keep the Sabbath day, so he is not from God." But others said, "A man who is a sinner can't do miracles like these." So they could not agree with each other. 17 They asked the man again, "What do you say about him since it was your eyes he opened?" The man answered, "He is a prophet." 18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and could now see again. So they sent for the man's parents 19 and asked them, "Is this your son who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?" 20 His parents answered, "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But we don't know how he can now see. We don't know who opened his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself." 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, who had already decided that anyone who said Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That is why his parents said, "He is old enough. Ask him." 24 So for the second time, they called the man who had been blind. They said, "You should give God the glory by telling the truth. We know that this man is a sinner." 25 He answered, "I don't know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see." 26 They asked, "What did he do to you? How did he make you see again?" 27 He answered, "I already told you, and you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his followers, too?" 28 Then they insulted him and said, "You are his follower, but we are followers of Moses. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don't even know where this man comes from." 30 The man answered, "This is a very strange thing. You don't know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We all know that God does not listen to sinners, but he listens to anyone who worships and obeys him. 32 Nobody has ever heard of anyone giving sight to a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34 They answered, "You were born full of sin! Are you trying to teach us?" And they threw him out. 35 When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, Jesus found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 36 He asked, "Who is the Son of Man, sir, so that I can believe in him?" 37 Jesus said to him, "You have seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you." 38 He said, "Lord, I believe!" Then the man worshiped Jesus. 39 Jesus said, "I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that the blindn would see and so that those who see will become blind." 40 Some of the Pharisees who were nearby heard Jesus say this and asked, "Are you saying we are blind, too?" 41 Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin. But since you keep saying you see, your guilt remains."
1 Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, the person who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The one who guards the door opens it for him. And the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he brings all his sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger. They will run away from him because they don't know his voice." 6 Jesus told the people this story, but they did not understand what it meant. 7 So Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the door for the sheep. 8 All the people who came before me were thieves and robbers. The sheep did not listen to them. 9 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. 10 A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life -- life in all its fullness. 11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12 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. 13 The man runs away because he is only a paid worker and does not really care about the sheep. 14 15 "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. 16 I have other sheep that are not in this flock, and I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The Father loves me because I give my life so that I can take it back again. 18 No one takes it away from me; I give my own life freely. I have the right to give my life, and I have the right to take it back. This is what my Father commanded me to do." 19 Again the Jews did not agree with each other because of these words of Jesus. 20 Many of them said, "A demon has come into him and made him crazy. Why listen to him?" 21 But others said, "A man who is crazy with a demon does not say things like this. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?" 22 The time came for the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the Temple in Solomon's Porch. 24 The Jews gathered around him and said, "How long will you make us wonder about you? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered, "I told you already, but you did not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name show who I am. 26 But you don't 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 will never die, and no one can steal them out of my hand. 29 My Father gave my sheep to me. He is greater than all, and no person can steal my sheep out of my Father's hand. 30 The Father and I are one." 31 Again the Jews picked up stones to kill Jesus. 32 But he said to them, "I have done many good works from the Father. Which of these good works are you killing me for?" 33 The Jews answered, "We are not killing you because of any good work you did, but because you speak against God. You are only a human, but you say you are the same as God!" 34 Jesus answered, "It is written in your law that God said, 'I said, you are gods.' 35 This Scripture called those people gods who received God's message, and Scripture is always true. 36 So why do you say that I speak against God because I said, 'I am God's Son'? I am the one God chose and sent into the world. 37 If I don't do what my Father does, then don't believe me. 38 But if I do what my Father does, even though you don't believe in me, believe what I do. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." 39 They tried to take Jesus again, but he escaped from them. 40 Then he went back across the Jordan River to the place where John had first baptized. Jesus stayed there, 41 and many people came to him and said, "John never did a miracle, but everything John said about this man is true." 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.