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John 10:1-21

"Amen, amen, I tell you,
the one not entering through the door into the sheepfold
but going up another way, is a thief and a robber;
but the one entering through the door
is the shepherd of the sheep.
The doorkeeper opens to him,
and the sheep listen to his voice,
and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has put out all of his own, he goes in front of them,
and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice;
and they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him,
because they do not know the voice of strangers."

Jesus told them this allegory,
but those did not know what it was that he spoke to them.

Therefore Jesus said again, "Amen, amen, I tell you
that I am the door for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers;
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the door;
if anyone enters through me, one will be saved,
and one will come in and come out and find pasture.
The thief does not come except to steal and kill and destroy;
I came so that they may have life and have abundance.

"I am the noble shepherd.
The noble shepherd lays down his life for the sheep;
the hired hand not being a shepherd,
the sheep are not his own;
he sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees,
and the wolf seizes them and scatters them;
because he is a hired hand and does not care about the sheep.

"I am the noble shepherd,
and I know mine, and mine know me,
as the Father knows me, and I know the Father,
and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And I have other sheep which are not from this fold;
and I must bring those, and they will listen to my voice,
and will become one flock, one shepherd.

"For this reason the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life, that I may receive it again.
No one took it from me, but I lay it down by myself.
I have authority to lay it down,
and I have authority to receive it again;
this commandment I received from my Father."

Again there occurred division among the Jews
because of these words.
And many of them said, "He has a demon and is crazy;
why listen to him?"

Others said, "These sayings are not a demoniac's;
can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
John 10:1-21

54. The Noble Shepherd Synthesis 54 * Interpretation 54
55. Loving the Neighbor Harmony 55 * Synthesis 55 * Interpretation 55