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Parable of the Good Shepherd; Belief and Unbelief of the Jews

"Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn't enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. +
But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. +
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. +
Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don't know the voice of strangers."
Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn't understand what he was telling them.
Jesus therefore said to them again,"Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep's door. +
All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them. +
I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture. +
The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. +
I am the good shepherd.Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:11-12,15,22The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. +
He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn't own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them. +
The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn't care for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I'm known by my own; +
even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. +
I have other sheep, which are not of this fold.Isaiah 56:8I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd. +
Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life,Isaiah 53:7-8that I may take it again. +
No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father." +
Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words. +
Many of them said, "He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?"
Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn't possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?"Exodus 4:11
It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem. +
It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch. +
The Jews therefore came around him and said to him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." +
Jesus answered them,"I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about me. +
But you don't believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you. +
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. +
I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. +
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand. +
I and the Father are one." +
Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him. +
Jesus answered them,"I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?" +
The Jews answered him, "We don't stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God." +
Jesus answered them,"Isn't it written in your law, 'I said, you are gods?'Psalm 82:6 +
If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can't be broken), +
do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You blaspheme,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God?'
If I don't do the works of my Father, don't believe me. +
But if I do them, though you don't believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."
They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand. +
He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and there he stayed. +
Many came to him. They said, "John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true." +
Many believed in him there. +

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